The Resource Junkyard planet : travels in the billion-dollar trash trade, Adam Minter

Junkyard planet : travels in the billion-dollar trash trade, Adam Minter

Label
Junkyard planet : travels in the billion-dollar trash trade
Title
Junkyard planet
Title remainder
travels in the billion-dollar trash trade
Statement of responsibility
Adam Minter
Title variation
Junk-yard planet
Title variation remainder
travels in the billion-dollar trash trade
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When you drop your Diet Coke can or yesterday's newspaper in the recycling bin, where does it go? Probably halfway around the world, to people and places that clean up what you don't want and turn it into something you can't wait to buy. In 'Junkyard Planet', Adam Minter - veteran journalist and son of an American junkyard owner - travels deeply into a vast, often hidden, multibillion-dollar industry that's transforming our economy and environment. Minter takes us from back-alley Chinese computer recycling operations to recycling factories capable of processing a jumbo jet'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 "going green" usually means making money - and why that's often the most sustainable choice, even when the recycling methods aren'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 America's garbage and the massive profits that China and other rising nations earn from it. What emerges is an engaging, colourful, 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 don't
Summary
A veteran journalist with access to and insight on the waste industry traces the export of America's recyclables and reveals the huge profits that China and other rising nations earn from them, causing the decline of the U.S. economy and the ascent of the developing world
Tone
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10231546
Cataloging source
DLC
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1970-
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Minter, Adam
Dewey number
338.4/7363728
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Refuse disposal industry
  • Refuse and refuse disposal
  • Scrap materials
  • Recycling (Waste, etc.)
Target audience
adult
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travels in the billion-dollar trash trade
Label
Junkyard planet : travels in the billion-dollar trash trade, Adam Minter
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Contents
Making soup -- Grubbing -- Honey, barley -- The intercontinental -- The backhaul -- The grimy boomtown heat -- Big waste country -- Homer -- Plastic land -- The reincarnation department -- The golden ingot -- The coin tower -- Hot metal flows -- Canton -- Ashes to ashes, junk to junk
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
284 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781608197910
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
colour illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 16225253
  • 16225253
Label
Junkyard planet : travels in the billion-dollar trash trade, Adam Minter
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Contents
Making soup -- Grubbing -- Honey, barley -- The intercontinental -- The backhaul -- The grimy boomtown heat -- Big waste country -- Homer -- Plastic land -- The reincarnation department -- The golden ingot -- The coin tower -- Hot metal flows -- Canton -- Ashes to ashes, junk to junk
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
284 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781608197910
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
colour illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 16225253
  • 16225253

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