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

By Adam Minter

For those who drop your vitamin Coke can or yesterday’s newspaper within the recycling bin, the place does it cross? most likely midway worldwide, to humans and locations that freshen up what you don’t wish and switch it into anything you can’t wait to shop for. In Junkyard Planet, Adam Minter—veteran journalist and son of an American junkyard owner—travels deeply right into a mammoth, usually hidden, multibillion-dollar that’s reworking our economic system and environment.

Minter takes us from back-alley chinese language computing device recycling operations to high-tech amenities in a position to processing a jumbo jet’s worthy of recyclable trash each day. alongside the best way, we meet an unforgettable forged of characters who've discovered tips to construct fortunes from what we throw away: Leonard Fritz, a tender boy "grubbing" in Detroit's urban dumps within the Thirties; Johnson Zeng, a former plastics engineer roaming the United States looking for scrap; and Homer Lai, an unassuming barber became scrap titan in Qingyuan, China. Junkyard Planet unearths how “going green” frequently ability making money—and why that’s usually the main sustainable selection, even if the recycling tools aren’t pretty.

With unrivaled entry to and perception at the junk exchange, and the explanatory presents and a mind for aspect priceless of a John McPhee or William Langewiesche, Minter strains the export of America’s recyclables and the big gains that China and different emerging international locations earn from it. What emerges is an interesting, colourful, and infrequently troubling story of intake, innovation, and the ascent of a constructing global that acknowledges worth the place americans don’t. Junkyard Planet reveals that we would have to examine a wiser method to take out the trash.

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E, Appendix 2-2 compounds} and unregulated organic chemicals in their discharge effluent. The compounds found in the Lake Arrowhead study are listed in Table 23. This list differs considerably from the compounds that are regulated under the NPDES program. , 2000) analyzed effluents from a mixed activated sludge ~gThe most important application of this method will be for the monitoring of estrogen in drinking water. 002 ppb and is commonly found in treated wastewater and groundwater where treated wastewater was used to recharge aquifers (see California Department of Health Services web site on California Drinking Water and NDMA-Related Activities).

Human Waste and Pollution The first serious waste disposal problem encountered by humans was the disposal of their own waste products. Although these wastes were usually biodegradable, 1 they did contain organisms (bacterial and viral) 29 30 The Environmental Science of Drinking Water that spread disease and thus posed the greatest threat. As long as the population remained small and widely distributed, however, the disposal of h u m a n waste usually created little or no problem. With increasing population and population density, waste disposal became a greater nuisance and posed a major health problem.

In rural areas worldwide, privies, septic tanks, and cesspools continue to represent the "state of practice" with regard to the disposal of human wastes. It has been reported that septic tanks have their origins in ancient India. In any case, these methods of human waste disposal continue today even in highly industrialized nations. S. population was served by either septic tanks or cesspools. In an urban environment, the solution to this dilemma was to discharge waste into sewers that then went out of the city itself.

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