Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade (Hardcover)
Minter takes us from back-alley Chinese computer recycling operations to high-tech facilities capable of processing a jumbo jets worth of recyclable trash every day. Along the way, we meet an unforgettable cast of characters who've figured out how to build fortunes from what we throw away: Leonard Fritz, a young boy "grubbing" in Detroit's city dumps in the 1930s; Johnson Zeng, a former plastics engineer roaming America in search of scrap; and Homer Lai, an unassuming barber turned scrap titan in Qingyuan, China. Junkyard Planet reveals how going green usually means making moneyand why thats often the most sustainable choice, even when the recycling methods arent pretty.
With unmatched access to and insight on the junk trade, and the explanatory gifts and an eye for detail worthy of a John McPhee or William Langewiesche, Minter traces the export of Americas recyclables and the massive profits that China and other rising nations earn from it. What emerges is an engaging, colorful, and sometimes troubling tale of consumption, innovation, and the ascent of a developing world that recognizes value where Americans dont.Junkyard Planet reveals that we might need to learn a smarter way to take out the trash.
|Genre||POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy|
|Publisher Date||2013-11-12 00:00:00.0|
|Publisher||Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA|
|Unit weight||1.35 lb|
|Subtitle||Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade|
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