Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash

Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash

by Elizabeth Royte
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Garbage Land : On the Secret Trail of Trash 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
ColCar More than 1 year ago
This book probably taught me more about garbage than I have leaned about math in calculus this year. Nearly every trash related question I have ever had was answered in this book. The book is full of facts that would probably be considered boring if presented the wrong way, but mixed with Royte's humor and her journey, this book was as fun to read as any fiction I have read. She goes to almost every sort of trash and waste related area, building, or center and finds out the most interesting things about the cycle of trash. There was no area that was left uncovered. Weather it was what happens to Christmas trees, incineration, or how long some pieces of trash can survive in a dump, she throughly explained the pros and cons of every aspect of waste. I good and informative book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fascinating and well-written story about the waste management process in the U.S. The book touches on landfills, composting, recycling, and much more and draws together Royte's mass amount of research with a solid storyline about the author trying to track her own trash and limit her personal waste stream. I bought this book to read because I am very interested in recycling and thought this would further enlighten me. Now I'm obsessed with garbage too. I'm starting my Masters in Environmental Policy next semester and now I want to focus on garbage because it's so interesting. Waste disposal is an issue in all societies and it will never cease to exist - therefore everyone should read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an important book about a topic that will only grow more present in the national debate in the coming years. The United States creates an enormous amount of garbage and the writer takes us to the places few of us acutally see or even think about in order to make us aware of the gargantuan nature of the disposal problem. Her adventures in visiting the various stages of the trail her garbage takes from her home in NYC to a landfill in Pennsylvania are sometimes harrowing and often amusing. Some of her throwaway comments about the situation and the statistics she uses need direct attribution since they are not necessarily widely accepted, particularly by the waste management industry. Overall an excellent story told by a gifted writer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a remarkable book - a great read, and at the same time thick with information everyone ought to know, but doesn't. How is it that we're allowed to be so ignorant of what happens to the great piles of trash we all create (in the US)? Royte's dogma-free narrative doesn't force any conclusions - but is thoroughly stimulating. I'm recommending it to anyone who will listen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. Elizabeth Royte spins a fascinating tale of her exploration into the world of her refuse, centered in New York. The book reads well, flows well, and was a real page turner for me. One thing that struck me was how many SAT level words she used. I had checked this out as a hardcover from the library, and I found myself asking my phone to define words with regularity. Regardless, this is still a book I can heartily recommend to anyone who is curious about trash!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
After you read an inconvenient truth track your personal garbage and find more ways to improve on recycling and buying.Went to a recycling talk with the author,walmart and recycling businesses and she was an excellent speaker and I got my book signed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
An important and well written book. It will change the way you look at trash forever and hopefully spure us to change our wasteful habits.