Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage

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New Press, Aug 21, 2006 - Nature - 288 pages
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Eat a take-out meal, buy a pair of shoes, or read a newspaper, and you're soon faced with a bewildering amount of garbage. The United States is the planet's number-one producer of trash. Each American throws out 4.5 pounds daily. But garbage is also a global problem; the Pacific Ocean is today six times more abundant with plastic waste than zooplankton. How did we end up with this much rubbish, and where does it all go? Journalist and filmmaker Heather Rogers answers these questions by taking readers on a grisly, oddly fascinating tour through the underworld of garbage.

Said to "read like a thriller" (Library Journal), Gone Tomorrow excavates the history of rubbish handling from the 1800s to the present, pinpointing the roots of today's waste-addicted society. With a "lively authorial voice" (New York Press), Rogers draws connections between modern industrial production, consumer culture, and our throwaway lifestyle. She also investigates controversial topics like the politics of recycling and the export of trash to poor countries, while offering a potent argument for change.


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User Review  - Andrew Kollen - Goodreads

Heather Rogers books does an excellent job of discussing an issue that is often overlooked. Through her use of statistics, looking at garbage in the past and arguing that companies are to blame for ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kay Marie - Goodreads

best horror novel I've read in a while! oh wait this is nonfiction.... but seriously I've learned so much from this book. it makes me so sad how greedy and short sighted American manufacturers are ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Heather Rogers is a journalist and filmmaker. Her documentary film Gone Tomorrow (2002) screened in festivals around the globe. Her writing has appeared in The Nation, Utne Reader, Z Magazine, the Brooklyn Rail, Punk Planet, and Art and Design. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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