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Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage

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Eat a take-out meal, buy a pair of shoes, or read a newspaper, and you're soon faced with a bewildering amount of garbage. The United States is the planet's number-one producer of trash. Each American throws out 4.5 pounds daily. But garbage is also a global problem; the Pacific Ocean is today six times more abundant with plastic waste than zooplankton. How did we end up with this much rubbish, and where does it all go? Journalist and filmmaker Heather Rogers answers these questions by taking readers on a grisly, oddly fascinating tour through the underworld of garbage.

Said to "read like a thriller" (Library Journal), Gone Tomorrow excavates the history of rubbish handling from the 1800s to the present, pinpointing the roots of today's waste-addicted society. With a "lively authorial voice" (New York Press), Rogers draws connections between modern industrial production, consumer culture, and our throwaway lifestyle. She also investigates controversial topics like the politics of recycling and the export of trash to poor countries, while offering a potent argument for change.

Table of Contents

The "waste stream" — Rubbish past — Rationalized waste — Technological fix: the sanitary landfill — The golden age of waste — Spaceship earth: waste and environmentalism — Recycling: the politics of containment — The corporatization of garbage — Green by any means.

Product Details

ISBN:
3330000432034
Subtitle:
The Hidden Life of Garbage
Publisher:
New Press, The
Author:
Rogers, Heather
Subject:
History
Subject:
Refuse and refuse disposal
Subject:
General
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology - Recycling
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Refuse and refuse disposal -- United States.
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Subject:
American Studies; Popular Culture
Publication Date:
20060410
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
288

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