Garbage Land

2007-01-26 by News, Sports, and Art

Garbage LandGarbage Land is recognized as a New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2005 and a Washington Post Book World Best Books of the Year. The author takes readers on a quest for the resting places of her garbage, featuring chapters on recycling, waste sites, sewage treatment plants, landfills, incinerators and composting.

In her book, Royte points out some staggering statistics. More Americans recycle than vote, and making one pound of sellable product generates 32 pounds of waste. According to reviews, the book shares the stories of an “odor chemist who explains why trash smells bad; garbage fairies and recycling gurus; 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 recycles human waste.” Here is Royte’s UAA appearance to speak about her new book.

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