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Garbage Land

On the Secret Trail of Trash

by Elizabeth Royte

Garbage Land
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  • First Published:
    Jul 2005, 320 pages
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    Aug 2006, 336 pages

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Here are a few suggestions, edited from Royte's site, on how each of us can make a difference:

  • Support recycling industries by buying goods made or packaged in recycled content.
  • Don't buy individually wrapped single servings; buy in bulk whenever possible.
  • When possible, compost food and yard waste.*
  • Visit Ecocycle for practical advice on stopping junk mail.
  • Visit Earth911 for lots of information on recycling, including where to dispose of cellphones, batteries etc.
  • Visit NewDream.com for inspiration and advice on all things recycling.
  • Donate used computers to nonprofits such as Cristina.org.
  • Find a responsible e-waste recycler at ban.org.
  • Launch an environmental purchasing program in your workplace, e.g. cleaning products, stationery, renewable energy etc.
  • In some parts of Europe manufacturers are required to recycle many items such as computers and cars - encourage local and federal governments to do the same in the USA, to give ...

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