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From the Publisher"A seminal examination of a too often neglected by-product of the technical and economic revolutions of the twentieth century."
—Technology and Culture
“A groundbreaking description of how modern garbage collection and disposal were born out of a reaction to the filthy living conditions that were a byproduct of the Industrial Revolution . . . also assesses the impact of federal and state solid waste and recycling laws.”
"Tells us much about American consumption, treatment of natural resources, social organization, and public spirit."
—Journal of American History