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Weekend Reading- Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash

I love to cozy up to a good book on the weekend. How about you? Being that Earth Day is coming up, I thought you might like to read something that could actually get you recycling, rather than just thinking about it. Ever wonder what happens to that plastic wrapper after it leaves your house and goes into the garbage truck? Hum, well maybe you should...

Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash ($16.47) is a book that will change the way you think every time you throw something away. The subject of the book is one that we, as a society, don't usually think about often: The massive, defunct Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island, N.Y. Royte tracks her own consumption and refuse, noting how it's just not that easy to lessen how much you use and throw away. Once you read Garbage Land, you will think about Fresh Kills, along with all the other landfills that are bursting at the seams and fuming with toxic gases. Some parts of the book are rather gross and other parts are a bit technical (too technical at times), but Royte writes in a non-judgmental this is how it is form. If nothing else, you'll walk away from it wondering how you can personally produce less garbage and positively impact the earth.

Just in time for Earth Day, so buy it from

AJS AJS 10 years
very interesting... especially how we all (me included) throw away stuff without really thinking about what happens to it once it leaves our hands.
SU3 SU3 10 years
I checked out the reviews and I must say... it sounds really interesting. I think I'm actually going to check this one out! Thanks for posting.
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