Rush to Burn: Solving America'S Garbage Crisis? (Google eBook)

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Island Press, Jul 1, 1989 - Nature - 281 pages
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One day in March 1987, a barge from Islip, Long Island was evicted from Morehead City, North Carolina, after trying to unload the mountains of trash on its decks. More than five months from the time it began its trip, the unwelcome barge, and it's 3,186 tons of commercial garbage, became the cornerstone of an astonishing news investigation that revealed a country unable to cope with its mounting garbage crisis.

Newsday reporters were the first to locate the barge, the Mobro 4000 as it drifted aimlessly off the shore of Long Island. They were also first to explore and explain the problems and issues that barge had come to symbolize. The results of their investigation are presented in this book. Winner of the Worth Bingham Award, the Page One Award for Crusading Journalism, and the New York State Associated Press Award for In-Depth Reporting, Rush to Burn explains the reasons why we, as a throw-away society, are suffocating in our own trash. It also explains why communities, in desperation, are turning to incineration, the riskiest form of garbage disposal yet developed.
  

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In the 1980s, 80 percent of toxic waste went into landfills, and since all wastes, even household garbage, are hazardous to some extent, and since Americans produce more garbage per capita than any ... Read full review

Contents

IS YESTERDAYS SOLUTION TODAYS PROBLEM?
41
PART III TRANSPORTING TRASH
59
PROMISE OR PROBLEM?
79
PART V THE NEW YORK EXPERIENCE
125
PART VI GARBAGE AS GOLD
179
PART VII SOLUTIONS?
203
PART VIII EPILOGUE
241
INDEX
259
About the Authors
271
Also Available from Island Press
272
Board of Directors
274
Copyright

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Newsday, founded in 1940, serves Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island. A separate edition, New York Newsday, circulates in New York City. Together, they comprise America's sixth largest local newspaper. Newsday's series The Rush to Burn was published in 1987 and shared the Worth Bingham award with another series from Newsday.


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