Junkyard planet : travels in the billion-dollar trash trade. --
Imp / Ed.:
New York, NY, Estados Unidos : Bloomsbury Press, c2013.
284 p. : il. ; 25 cm.
Map. -- A note on numbers. -- Introduction. -- 1. Making soup. -- 2. Grubbing. -- 3. Honey, Barley. -- 4. The Intercontinental. -- 5. The Backhaul. -- 6. The Grimy Boomtown Heat. -- 7. Big waste country. -- 8. Homer. -- 9. Plastic Land. -- 10. The reincarnation department. -- 11. The gold ingot. -- 12. The coin tower. -- 13. Hot metal flows. -- 14. Canton. -- 15. Ashes to ashes, junk to junk. -- Afterword. -- Acknowledgments. -- Index. --
Tomado de la cubierta: "This book aims to explain why the hidden world of globalized recycling and reclamation is the most logical (and greenest) endpoint in a long chain that begins with the harvest in your home recycling bin, or down at the local junkyard. There are few moral certainties here, but there is a guarantee: if what you toss into your recycling bin can be used in some way, the international scrap recycling business will manage to deliver it to the person or company who can do so most profitably. Usually, but not always, that profitable option is going to be the most sustainable one. To be sure, not every recycler is an environmentalist, and not every recycling facility is the sort of place you'd want to take kindergartners for a field trip... In the pages to follow I'll tell the story of how the very simplest of human activities -reusing an object- evolved into an international business that has played a key role in the globalization of the world economy over the last three decades."
Tomado de Amazon: "In Junkyard Planet, Adam Minter--veteran journalist and son of an American junkyard owner--travels deep into a vast, often hidden, five-hundred-billion-dollar industry that’s transforming our economy and environment. With unmatched access to and insight on the waste industry, and the explanatory gifts and an eye for detail worthy of a John McPhee or a William Langewiesche, Minter traces the export of America’s junk and the massive profits that China and other rising nations earn from it. What emerges is an engaging, colorful, and sometimes troubling tale of how the way we consume and discard stuff fuels a world that recognizes value where Americans don’t. Junkyard Planet reveals that Americans might need to learn a smarter way to take out the trash."

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