Trash Talk!: Moving Toward a Zero-Waste World

Trash Talk!: Moving Toward a Zero-Waste World

by Michelle Mulder


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Trash Talk!: Moving Toward a Zero-Waste World by Michelle Mulder

Humans have always generated garbage, whether it’s a chewed-on bone or a broken cell phone. Our landfills are overflowing, but with some creative thinking, stuff we once threw away can become a collection of valuable resources just waiting to be harvested. Trash Talk digs deep into the history of garbage, from Minoan trash pits to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and uncovers some of the many innovative ways people all over the world are dealing with waste.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781459806924
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Publication date: 04/01/2015
Series: Footprints Series
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 1050L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Michelle Mulder is the founding author of and has written six other titles in the Footprints series—Pedal It!, Brilliant!, Every Last Drop, Trash Talk, Pocket Change and Going Wild. Michelle has also written the novels The Vegetable Museum, Not a Chance, Out of the Box, After Peaches and several other books for young people. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Chapter 1 A Wealth of Waste

A Mysterious New Invention 8

Into the Bush 8

Rubbish, Rats and Rashes 9

Full Steam Ahead! 10

A City Life for Me 10

Where Do We Put It All? 12

Plastic Dreams 13

No More Dishwashing! 13

Back to Nature 15

Chapter 2 Heaps of Possibilities

The Dirt on Trash 16

No Dirt 17

Rubber Ducky at Sea 18

Munch, Munch, Methane! 20

Hot Stuff 21

Recycling Worries 22

Chapter 3 The Great Dumpster Dive

Landfill or Lunch? 24

The Glean Team 25

Tuneful Trash 26

Sitting; on Garbage 26

From Wheels to Walls 29

A Good, Warm Book 30

Don't Toss That Toothbrush! 31

Make It a Maker Party 32

Garbage, Be Cone! 33

Chapter 4 No Garbage Here

Stop! It's the Plastic Police! 34

Poison in My Plate!? 35

Please Feed the Worms 36

Getting Your Fix 36

Good Neighbors 38

A Trip to the Trash Palace 38

Zeroing in on Zero Waste 39

A Fresh, Fragrant Future, Anyone? 43

Resources 44

Acknowledgments 45

Index 47

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