Garbage Land


trailoftrash.jpgFrom the promotional website of the very next book I plan to read:

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 among 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 ever-more supersized lifestyles.”


5 Responses to “Garbage Land”

  1. just trash « everyday trash Says:

    […]   The folks at Justice Talking, the NPR news magazine that examines global issues through a legal lens, took a long, hard look at trash this week.  Of particular note are a liberal-Libertarian debate on whether to mandate or pay people to recycle and commentary from a trash lawyer.  Check out the program’s website for an interview with trashie author Elizabeth Royte on exporting and reducing trash, lessons from Colorado on defining and building a “zero waste” community and a fantastic sidebar of recommended reading. Posted by everydaytrash Filed in trash politics, TRA$H, zero waste, literary trash, exporting trash […]

  2. another tale from the road block « everyday trash Says:

    […] The whir of the tailor’s machine lay a pleasant track of ambiant sound beneath the layered murmors of children playing in the dirt road, women chatting while shopping for maize, men gossiping with the tailor and chatting up the women and the forestry worker from the road block coming by to charge his cell phone. I was reading Garbage Land, just starting it really, and had just come to the part where the author is describing her quest to produce less waste than the average American and is feeling guilty for throwing away old clothes because she already had too many rags and had no other use for the battered cloth. […]

  3. no more rubbish Says:

    See our blog for more on Garbage Land and rubbish in general.

  4. no more rubbish Says:

    Oops forgot the url:

  5. everydaytrash Says:

    Very cool. Thanks for the link!

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