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Junkyard Planet

Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade

By Adam Minter
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Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade by Adam Minter

Full of visceral details and fascinating personal narratives, Junkyard Planet digs into the history and current state of the waste management industry. Through a riveting tour of the sites that take care of our trash, Minter argues that the recycling and reclamation industry, despite its well-publicized environmental hazards, represents the most logical and sustainable solution to offset the insatiable consumption of the developed world.

  • Anyone who’s ever wondered what goes on in recycling plants and junkyards
  • Anyone striving to lead a more sustainable life
  • People who want to know where their trash ends up

Adam Minter is a journalist and author based in Shanghai. He grew up in a family of scrap dealers and wrote extensively as a correspondent for various scrap industry publications before publishing Junkyard Planet.

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