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Rubbish! The Archeology of Garbage: What Our Garbage Tells Us About Ourselves
by William Rathje and Cullen Murphy | Nonfiction
Registered by verloren of Rock Valley, Iowa USA on Sunday, August 22, 2004
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Journal Entry 1 by verloren from Rock Valley, Iowa USA on Sunday, August 22, 2004

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I've heard snippets about this book over the years, and I ran across it yesterday at a used book store. Some interesting facts from the back cover:

  • A year's subscription to the New York Times is the equivalent, by volume in a landfill, of 18,660 crushed aluminum cans of 14,969 crushed Bic Mac clamshells.
  • Taken together, the homes in a typical community throw out as much hazardous waste as the commercial establishments.
  • If you bought the chemicals contained in nail polish in fifty-five-gallon drums instead of half-ounce bottles, you would be legally required to dump them in a hazardous waste disposal site -- yet in Tucson alon 350,000 bottles of nail polish are thrown out every year.
  • The most-often-tossed-out hazardous waste material in low-income homes is auto-care products; in upper-class homes it is lawn and garden products....
Published in 1994; hardcover, 250 pages. 




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