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Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade Hardcover – 16 Jan 2014

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Press; First edition (16 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608197913
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608197910
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3 x 607.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 511,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Minter successfully resists oversimplifying the issue China currently faces - with a growing middle class demanding more raw material for new construction, the options are living with the pollution caused by recycling or the environmental consequences of mining for raw materials...Minter concludes that the solution is in the first word in the phrase, 'Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.' (Publishers Weekly)

A detailed view of a mostly unknown business that touches the lives of everyone, whether or not they ever dragged a trash and/or recycle bin out to the curb. (Kirkus Reviews)

Minter is here to tell you that there's big money to be made in what American consumers and industries throw away. As he travels the world from Houston to Guangzhou, surveying the debris and discards that fill scrap yards and warehouses, Minter takes the reader into a world of commodities trading that is every bit as lucrative and cutthroat as anything on Wall Street. The son of a scrap man, Minter brings an insider's knowledge and appreciation for an industry that no one thinks about, everyone contributes to, and a lucky few profit from. (Booklist)

A satisfying investigation-cum-travelogue. (Mother Jones)

Fascinating. (Atlantic Cities)

Lively and entertaining...Junkyard Planet is a book for anyone interested in the environment, the economics of recycling, or a thoughtful look at the consumption we take for granted. (Brooklyn Bugle)

Eye-opening. [Minter is] an excellent guide to this sprawling and bewildering trade. (Wall Street Journal)

Superbly researched. (Financial Times)

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How can garbage turn into gold? What does recycling have to do with globalization? Where does all that stuff we throw away go, anyway?

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