Americans produce the most waste of any people on Earth, says Rogers, but few of us ever think about where all that trash goes. Rogers endeavors to show the inner workings of the waste stream, from the garbage truck to the landfill, incinerator or parts unknown. She points out that recycling, once touted as an environmental lifesaver, "has serious flaws," and has done little to mitigate garbage's long history of environmental damage. Rogers also includes chapters on the history of waste removal and disposal, highlighting early sanitation efforts in New York City, as well as the multi-billion-dollar, multinational business of garbage. Consistently engaging, the book delineates the myriad problems caused by the country's waste output, but offers very few concrete examples of what readers can do to improve the garbage situation; instead, Rogers stoically acknowledges that "while consumers making choices with the environment in mind is a good thing, it is in no way a real solution to our trash woes." Nevertheless, the book is an intriguing look into an often misunderstood and overlooked industry.
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*Starred Review* America leads the world in garbage, and that is nothing to be proud of. A clear-thinking and peppery writer, Rogers presents a galvanizing expose of how we became the planet's trash monsters. Americans were ingeniously thrifty until industrialization ushered in consumer culture and the age of disposable goods and built-in obsolescence. But once the public was exhorted to buy stuff whether they needed it or not--and Rogers provides many eye-opening examples of corporate strategies and propaganda--new forms of garbage began to pile up and break down into toxic substances. Rogers details everything that is wrong with today's wasteful packaging, bogus recycling, and flawed landfills and incinerators. Here, too, is the inside story of the plastic revolution and the irresponsibly wasteful beverage market, the Mafia's involvement in commercial waste, and the illegal overseas shipping of garbage, especially toxic e-waste--trashed computers and cell phones. Rogers exhibits black-belt precision in her assault on American corporations that succeed in "greenwashing" the public while remaining "hell-bent on ever-expanding production no matter what the ecological toll." Set this beside Elizabeth Royte's Garbage Land (2005), and contemplate Rogers' dictum: garbage "never really goes away." Donna Seaman
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The book gives a lot of insight as to what exactly happens to garbage after it is being disposed, especially in America. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Anita
Correct book. Some minor wear on cover. Haven't seen any writing in the inside.Published 7 months ago by Angelica Fong
Meticulously researched, a treasure trove of surprises not only about the history of garbage but also the history of pigs in New York City, and many other surprising facts. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Gentle Reader
I wouldn't have read this if hadn't been a book club selection. This book addresses an everyday topic we choose not to think about. Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by A Team
This book is easy to read, flows very well and clearly outlines its' content and case-by-case accounts. . Read morePublished on July 28, 2013 by AppreciatesComedy
Extensive bibliographic notes. Solid index. Snapshot in history of trash from mid-1800s to present in urban and suburban America. Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by Alexander Tarnas
I purchased this book for class. I was surprised to actually enjoy reading it. I thought it would be boring but the more I read, the more I enjoyed it. Read morePublished on October 1, 2012 by Ruben D
informative and eye opening. read it a few years ago before the more national push to get rid of disposable water bottles and using canvass vs plastic bags (both of which I... Read morePublished on January 4, 2012 by Jesse