Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage

Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage

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by Heather Rogers
     
 
After completing her 2002 documentary film of the same name, Rogers realized there was much more to garbage than would fit on the screen. She focuses on household waste—rather than industrial, agricultural and so on—because that is the interface with average people. Her topics include the waste stream, rationalized waste, the sanitary landfill, waste and

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After completing her 2002 documentary film of the same name, Rogers realized there was much more to garbage than would fit on the screen. She focuses on household waste—rather than industrial, agricultural and so on—because that is the interface with average people. Her topics include the waste stream, rationalized waste, the sanitary landfill, waste and environmentalism, and the corporatization of garbage. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Library Journal
In this readable and well-researched study, writer, journalist, and filmmaker Rogers tackles garbage and the social, economic, political, and technological waste disposal choices and dilemmas that our communities face. Americans dispose of more than 700 billion pounds of paper, glass, plastic, wood, food, metal, clothing, electronics, and other refuse annually. The author examines the available options in dealing with this issue-e.g., feeding organic garbage to pigs, dumping in landfills, burning and incineration, exporting to other states or countries, and recycling and reusing disposables-and discusses their benefits and drawbacks. Her account of the criminal elements that once controlled New York City's garbage industry and how the city cleaned it up in the 1990s by establishing a garbage corporation reads like a thriller. Of particular note is Rogers's hard look at consumer habits, industrial imperatives, and the attitudes and lifestyles that generate extraordinary amounts of waste and pose a threat to the health of the planet. For on-site observations of garbage and the individuals who make their living from it, don't overlook Elizabeth Royte's Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash. Both books complement each other, offering readers a panoramic view of the garbage industry. Recommended for most collections.-Irwin Weintraub, Brooklyn Coll. Lib., New York Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher

"Covers fascinating, stinky terrain." —The New York Times

"Cogent and beautifully written . . a compelling commentary on the state of contemporary society." —David Harvey

"Consistently engaging . . . an intriguing look into an often misunderstood and overlooked industry." —Publishers Weekly

"Out of sight, but, thanks to Heather Rogers, not out of mind. We spend an awful lot of time thinking about getting and spending, and next to none about disposing—this splendidly documented book is just the thing we need." —Bill McKibben

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565848795
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
10/01/2005
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 7.66(h) x 1.05(d)

Meet the Author


Heather Rogers is a journalist and filmmaker. Her documentary film Gone Tomorrow (2002) screened in festivals around the globe. Her writing has appeared in The Nation, Utne Reader, Z Magazine, the Brooklyn Rail, Punk Planet, and Art and Design. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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