Very thick and full of references. I learned a lot which is why it gets 4 stars. I wouldn’t say this is for the casual reader.
55% of waste in the US is buried in covered landfill.Kate O’Neill
Besides the above I learned that I live in the state, California, with the largest landfill in the US, the Puente Hills landfill, which was close in 2014.
Books O’Neill references
- Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City by Robin Nagle
- Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo
- Waste Away: Working and Living with a North American Landfill by Joshua Reno
- The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and our Health—and a Vision for Change by Annie Leonard
Roughly a third of food produced of human consumption every year–approximately 1.3 billion tonnes–is lost or wasted.Kate O’Neill
52% of fruit and vegetable produced or purchased in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand is discarded. Wow!
Documentary mentioned: Plastic China (2016)
This book was 4 out of 5 stars. I have a lot to do to improve here and I look forward to reading the books that O’Neill mentions above.