Garbology by Edward Humes

78%

9 Critic Reviews

In Garbology, the author takes a sober look at a very serious threat to our world, but he does so in an extremely inviting style.
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Synopsis

A Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist takes readers on a surprising tour of America’s biggest export, our most prodigious product, and our greatest legacy: our trash




The average American produces 102 tons of garbage across a lifetime and $50 billion in squandered riches are rolled to the curb each year. But our bins are just the starting point for a strange, impressive, mysterious, and costly journey that may also represent the greatest untapped opportunity of the century.





In Garbology, Edward Humes investigates trash—what’s in it; how much we pay for it; how we manage to create so much of it; and how some families, communities, and even nations are finding a way back from waste to discover a new kind of prosperity. Along the way , he introduces a collection of garbage denizens unlike anyone you’ve ever met: the trash-tracking detectives of MIT, the bulldozer-driving sanitation workers building Los Angeles’ Garbage Mountain landfill, the artists residing in San Francisco’s dump, and the family whose annual trash output fills not a dumpster or a trash can, but a single mason jar.




Garbology reveals not just what we throw away, but who we are and where our society is headed. Waste is the one environmental and economic harm that ordinary working Americans have the power to change—and prosper in the process.



Garbology is raising awareness of trash consumption and is sparking community-wide action through One City One Book programs around the country.

It is becoming an increasingly popular addition to high school and college syllabi and is being adopted by many colleges and universities for First Year Experience programs.
 

About Edward Humes

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EDWARD HUMES is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author whose eleven previous books include Force of Nature, Eco Barons, and the PEN Award–winning No Matter How Loud I Shout. He lives in Seal Beach, California.
 
Published April 19, 2012 by Avery. 289 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Professional & Technical, Business & Economics, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Garbology
All: 9 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
Mar 01 2012

An important addition to the environmentalist bookshelf.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Apr 09 2012

Humes' take on the science and culture of "garbology" is both academic and deeply personal, making this a fascinating read.

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Wall Street Journal

Below average
Reviewed by Marc Levinson on Apr 17 2012

Taking his advice may make you feel good, but it won't do much to save the planet.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Greg Barbrick on Apr 17 2012

In Garbology, the author takes a sober look at a very serious threat to our world, but he does so in an extremely inviting style.

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Boston.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Jenifer McKim on Apr 19 2012

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist has written an eye-opening account reminding us of something we try to forget...

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Englewood Review of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Gary Wake on Jun 07 2012

Though Garbology can feel a little dismal ... he manages to encourage readers to roll up their sleeves and get busy on ways to reduce our 102 ton legacy.

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Columbia Journalism Review

Below average
Reviewed by Daniel Luzer on Jun 04 2012

This is a fundamental problem with the book: Humes is far too interested in describing the people and the way they’re figuring out what’s going on with America’s waste system.

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Book Loons

Good
Reviewed by Bob Walch

A quick read, this fascinating book offers plenty of food for thought...

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Brad Linder's blog

Good
May 18 2012

Garbology is a very readable volume, thanks to the author's method of combining statistics and facts with anecdotes and profiles of individuals...

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