Rush To Burn: Solving America's Garbage Crisis?

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One day in March 1987, a barge from Islip, Long Island was evicted from Morehead City, North Carolina, after trying to unload the mountains of trash on its decks. More than five months from the time it began its trip, the unwelcome barge, and it's 3,186 tons of commercial garbage, became the cornerstone of an astonishing news investigation that revealed a country unable to cope with its mounting garbage crisis.

Newsday reporters were the first to locate the barge, the Mobro 4000...

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One day in March 1987, a barge from Islip, Long Island was evicted from Morehead City, North Carolina, after trying to unload the mountains of trash on its decks. More than five months from the time it began its trip, the unwelcome barge, and it's 3,186 tons of commercial garbage, became the cornerstone of an astonishing news investigation that revealed a country unable to cope with its mounting garbage crisis.

Newsday reporters were the first to locate the barge, the Mobro 4000 as it drifted aimlessly off the shore of Long Island. They were also first to explore and explain the problems and issues that barge had come to symbolize. The results of their investigation are presented in this book. Winner of the Worth Bingham Award, the Page One Award for Crusading Journalism, and the New York State Associated Press Award for In-Depth Reporting, Rush to Burn explains the reasons why we, as a throw-away society, are suffocating in our own trash. It also explains why communities, in desperation, are turning to incineration, the riskiest form of garbage disposal yet developed.

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In the 1980s, 80 percent of toxic waste went into landfills, and since all wastes, even household garbage, are hazardous to some extent, and since Americans produce more garbage per capita than any other nation, landfills in the heavily populated northeastern states are being closed and alternatives sought. One option is the ``rush to burn,'' a new type of incinerator based on European technology but untested at the upscale capacities required here. As part of a six-month investigation, reporters from Newsday asked serious questions about this ``solution.'' Their articles, compiled here, cover landfill debates, environmental impact, recycling, and waste management in other countries. Excellent in-depth journalism that provides information for concerned citizens.-- Diane M. Brown, Univ. of California Lib., Berkeley
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Birth control is the only solution to this, and virtually all the world's problems. The garbage problem and potential amelioratives are reported here by a crew of Newsday reporters. A reprint, with some revision, of the 1988 edition. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559630016
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1989
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 281

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