Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)
Published: November 12, 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1608197921
ISBN - 13: 9781608197927
From the Publisher
How can garbage turn into gold? What does recycling have to
do with globalization? Where does all that stuff we throw away go,
When you drop your Diet Coke can or yesterdayâ s newspaper in the
recycling bin, where does it go? Probably halfway around the world,
to people and places that clean up what you donâ t want and turn it
into something you canâ t wait to buy. In Junkyard Planet,
Adam Minterâ veteran journalist and son of an American junkyard
ownerâ travels deeply into a vast, often hidden, 500-billion-dollar
industry thatâ s transforming our economy and environment.
Minter takes us from back-alley Chinese computer recycling
operations to recycling factories capable of processing a jumbo
jetâ s worth of trash every day. Along the way, we meet an
international cast of characters who have figured out how to
squeeze Silicon Valley-scale fortunes from what we all throw away.
Junkyard Planet reveals how â going greenâ ? usually means
making moneyâ and why thatâ s often the most sustainable choice,
even when the recycling methods arenâ t pretty.
With unmatched access to and insight on the waste industry, and the
explanatory gifts and an eye for detail worthy of a John McPhee or
William Langewiesche, Minter traces the export of Americaâ s
garbage and the massive profits that China and other rising nations
earn from it. What emerges is an engaging, colorful, and sometimes
troubling tale of how the way we consume and discard stuff brings
home the ascent of a developing world that recognizes value where
Americans donâ t. Junkyard Planet reveals that Americans
might need to learn a smarter way to take out the trash.