Trash Backwards: Innovating Our Way to Zero Waste

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Island Press, Aug 1, 2012 - Technology & Engineering - 80 pages
Trash Backwards: Innovating Our Way to Zero Waste examines the various kinds of trash Americans are producing in staggering quantities, and profiles a range of innovative processes, people, and companies who are thinking creatively about how to not just reduce pressure on landfills, but redefine what’s possible in the realm of recycling. This E-ssential offers insights into the motivations and inspirations of people working on cutting edge processes of waste managemand land reclamation in America—from household trash to biowaste processing to reclaiming brownfields. We’re at a critical juncture with our waste production— and among all of the other problems on Earth (climate change, war, stagnant economies), this is the one that ingenuity, as well as a little old-fashioned conservation, can put a big din, if not solve.

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Setting a Precedent
Chapter 2Household Garbage
Public Sanitation
Chapter 4 Medical Waste
Chapter 5 Agricultural Byproducts Chapter 6 Technological Trash Chapter 7 Commercial Castoffs

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About the author (2012)

David Naylor is an architectural historian and freelance writer. His mrecbook Railroad Stations (Norton 2011) was selected as a “Noteworthy” book of 2011 by Planetizen.He has a long-standing interest in recycling techniques and trash.His previous writing has garnered attention from The New York Times, Fresh Air, and other well-known outlets.

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