On a global scale, humans create around 2.6 trillion pounds of waste every year. None of this trash is harmlesslandfills and dumps leak toxic chemicals into soil and groundwater, while incinerators release toxic gases and particles into the air. What can we do to keep garbage from swallowing up Earth? Reducing, reusing, recycling, and upcycling are some of the answers. Learn more about the work of the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Ocean Cleanup Array, the zero waste movement, and the many other government, business, research, and youth efforts working to solve our planet's garbage crisis.
About the Author
Stuart A. Kallen has written more than 350 nonfiction books for children and young adults. His books have covered a wide arc of human history, culture, and science. Kallen is also an accomplished singer-songwriter and guitarist in San Diego, California.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 From Rags and Bones to Plastic Disaster 4
Chapter 2 The United States of Trash 20
Chapter 3 Toxins in Our Trash 32
Chapter 4 Take Control of Your Plate 46
Chapter 5 A Graveyard of Global Waste 58
Chapter 6 Oceans of Plastic 70
Chapter 7 Space Junk 82
Source Notes 92
Selected Bibliography 99
Further Information 100