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Garbology
Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash | Edward Humes
A Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist takes readers on a surprising tour of the world of garbage. Take a journey inside the secret world of our biggest export, our most prodigious product, and our greatest legacy: our trash. Its the biggest thing we make: The average American is on track to produce a whopping 102 tons of garbage across a lifetime, $50 billion in squandered riches rolled to the curb each year, more than that produced by any other people in the world. But that trash doesnt just magically disappear; our bins are merely the starting point for a strange, impressive, mysterious, and costly journey that may also represent the greatest untapped opportunity of the century. In Garbology, Pulitzer Prizewinning author Edward Humes investigates the trail of that 102 tons of trashwhats in it; how much we pay for it; how we manage to create so much of it; and how some families, communities, and even nations are finding a way back from waste to discover a new kind of prosperity. Along the way , he introduces a collection of garbage denizens unlike anyone youve ever met: the trash-tracking detectives of MIT, the bulldozer-driving sanitation workers building Los Angeles immense Garbage Mountain landfill, the artists in residence at San Franciscos dump, and the family whose annual trash output fills not a dumpster or a trash can, but a single mason jar. Garbology digs through our epic piles of trash to reveal not just what we throw away, but who we are and where our society is headed. Are we destined to remain the country whose number-one export is scrapAmerica as Chinas trash compactoror will the country that invented the disposable economy pioneer a new and less wasteful path? The real secret at the heart of Garbology may well be the potential for a happy ending buried in our landfill. Waste, Humes writes, is the one environmental and economic harm that ordinary working Americans have the power to changeand prosper in the process.
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Schnoebs
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Really loved the format of the chapters and it told a very well rounded and informative story on the issue of garbage in modern society.

Goodreads Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2618967152

#audiobook #scribd #nonfiction #environmental #mpls #twincities

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LibraryCin
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I thought this was quite interesting. Some people have actually studied trash (garbologists). There was some history of how landfills got started, and how people traditionally got rid of their trash. Of course, the consumer culture – marketing to promote more and more buying (and also throwing away because we want the new stuff) – came to rise in the 50s, and hasn‘t let up. Con't in comments...

LibraryCin One idea that was new to me was the waste-to-energy idea. I have heard of it, but the book went into more detail than I knew about it. Denmark and Germany seem to be the forerunners, and it sounds like a great idea. Of course, alongside these kinds of ideas, humans really do need to figure out ways to cut down on the amount of stuff we acquire (and throw away). Con't again... 6mo
LibraryCin There is also some info on things some people are doing to cut down on their consumerism and disposables. 6mo
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Gina
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So that is interesting I must say.

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wingedsnails
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When the book you are reading references another book in your TBR pile....

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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 2! The Pulitzer Prize-winner takes us on a tour of America's biggest export, most prodigious product, and lasting legacy: our garbage. $50 billion in cash is put on the curb every year. He gets into the science and the sociology of garbage and its effects on our lives. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

Lea This reminds me of a Hallmark movie (an older one that‘s not too cheesy) Straight from the Heart where the heroine is a fine arts photographer of garbage, it‘s a whole sub theme of the movie. 2y
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Shot of the typical state of my #teachersoflitsy desk: books, papers, half-eaten food, etc. Teaching this, finished a smidge past #nonfictionnov. Def a rec for the #overthis list if it's still accepting titles. Eye-opening yet empowering look at how in the US we have a monstrous trash problem, but it's a monster that every everyday person can conquer if we take a close look at our own trash creating habits & say no to the disposable economy.

BookishFeminist Def adding this to the #overthis list! With the November dumpster fire I've been working on it piecemeal so I can definitely add it since it's not a finished product yet. We got 10 pages of recs!! 😳💕 3y
beaniebankbeth @BookishFeminist holy syllabus Batman! 3y
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