Garbage Land

On the Secret Trail of Trash

Royte, Elizabeth

Book - 2005
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Garbage Land
"In Garbage Land, acclaimed science writer Elizabeth Royte leads us on the wild adventure that begins once our trash hits the bottom of the can. Along the way, we meet an odor chemist who explains why trash smells so bad; garbage fairies and recycling gurus; neighbors of massive waste dumps; CEOs making fortunes by encouraging waste or encouraging recycling - often both at the same time; scientists trying to revive our most polluted places; fertilizer fanatics and adventurers who kayak amid sewage; paper people, steel people, aluminum people, plastic people, and even a guy who swears by recycling human waste. With a wink and a nod and a tightly clasped nose, Royte takes us on a bizarre cultural tour through slime, stench, and heat - in other words, through the back end of our evermore supersized lifestyles. By showing us what happens to the things we've "disposed of," Royte reminds us that our decisions about consumption and waste have a very real impact - and that unless we undertake radical change, the garbage we create will always be with us: in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we consume."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0316738263
Branch Call Number: 363.7285 R892g 2005
Characteristics: viii, 311 p. ;,25 cm


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List - Trash talkin' by: multcolib_tamaf Jul 07, 2014

What happens when that week-old burrito hits the bottom of your trash can? With a bit of the flavor of 'Fast Food Nation', Royte covers it all, from why garbage smells so bad, to the various recyclers who help along the way, the paper, aluminum, and plastic people.
She makes every effort to be... Read More »

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