Summary of Garbology

Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash

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Garbology book summary
Learn what contributes to the worldwide trash glut, and how you can reduce it.


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Journalist Edward Humes follows the trail of garbage from product production to waste collection to landfill, incinerator or ocean. He’s a diligent researcher, and he develops the intriguing portraits of his subjects in great detail. His reporting uncovers normal daily practices that have a huge, negative environmental impact. Humes’s shocking overview could foment changes in how you live, what you buy and how you eat. He can help managers and decision makers reconsider their business practices so that their companies learn to dispose of trash in a more environmentally sensitive way. He ends many sections with a quick-facts page that helpfully sums up the chapter’s important ideas. getAbstract recommends Humes’s detailed presentation of a solvable dilemma to managers, purchasers, supply-chain officers, entrepreneurs, retailers and every citizen who wants to live more cleanly.

In this book, you will learn

  • How much trash each person can generate in a lifetime
  • How you can throw away less
  • How this trash avalanche harms the environment and economy
  • How to mitigate the harmful effects of today’s waste management practices

About the Author

Edward Humes has written 11 nonfiction books, including Force of Nature: The Unlikely Story of Walmart’s Green Revolution, and has received a Pulitzer Prize and a Pen Center USA award. He contributes to The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles magazine.