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
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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