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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
    Paperback:
    Aug 2006, 336 pages

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The biggest problem is mindset: we're accustomed to the ease of the toss. Current Affairs

From the book jacket: Into our trash cans go dead batteries, dirty diapers, bygone burritos, broken toys, tattered socks, eight-track cassettes, scratched CDs, banana peels … But where do these things go next? In a country that consumes and then casts off more and more, what actually happens to the things we throw away?

Comment: New York's approximate 320 square miles contains 59 sanitation districts, employing 7,600 workers, working 6 days a week; one district is South Brooklyn which is divided into eleven garages.  The particular garage that Royte visits in the opening chapter of Garbage Land is broken up into five sections, each in turn served by three trucks.  In one morning, one truck collects about 20,000 lbs of garbage in less than 4 hours.  Multiply this one ...

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