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Author Szaky, Tom, author.

Title Outsmart waste : the modern idea of garbage and how to think our way out of it / by Tom Szaky.

Publication Info. San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2014.


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Series A BK currents book
BK currents book.
Summary "Garbage doesn't exist in nature--the output of one organism is the useful input of another. So why does garbage exist in the human system? Why did it only become a problem the past century? And most importantly, how can we eliminate it--outsmart the very idea of garbage? Eco-entrepreneur Tom Szaky says that to outsmart waste first we have to understand it, then change how we create it, and finally rethink what we do with it. He traces the roots of our current garbage crisis to 20th century technological advances that resulted in historic changes in consuming habits--both the amount of garbage created and its longevity increased dramatically. Szaky argues we can turn this around by changing what we buy, when we buy, why we buy, and what we do with what we've bought. And through innovative recycling and creative "upcycling" (creating new products from discarded objects) we can stop seeing garbage as useless waste and start seeing it as useful waste--a tremendous volume of resources that are simply misunderstood. After reading this mind-expanding book you will never think of garbage the same way again"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents Chapter 1. Where the modern idea of garbage originated -- chapter 2. The role of the individual purchase -- chapter 3. Our primary global solution to waste : bury it -- chapter 4. The energy inherent in our waste -- chapter 5. The hierarchy of waste -- chapter 6. The art of upcycling -- chapter 7. The science of recycling -- chapter 8. The critical element of separation -- chapter 9. The economics of outsmarting waste.
Subject Refuse and refuse disposal.
Waste minimization.
Recycling (Waste, etc.)
Refuse Disposal.
NATURE -- Environmental Conservation & Protection.
HOUSE & HOME -- Sustainable Living.
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- Environmental -- Waste Management.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Infrastructure.
Recycling (Waste, etc.) (OCoLC)fst01092000
Refuse and refuse disposal. (OCoLC)fst01092888
Waste minimization. (OCoLC)fst01171037
Indexed Term HOUSE & HOME / General
Home repair and improvement
NATURE / General
Other Form: Print version: Szaky, Tom. Outsmart waste 9781626560246 (DLC) 2013034263 (OCoLC)832260106
ISBN 9781626560253 (electronic book)
1626560250 (electronic book)
9781626560260 (electronic book)
1626560269 (electronic book)
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