Rubbish!: Dirt on Our Hands and Crisis Ahead

Rubbish!: Dirt on Our Hands and Crisis Ahead

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By (author) Richard Girling

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  • Publisher: Eden Project Books
  • Format: Paperback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 28mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1903919444
  • ISBN 13: 9781903919446
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 553,972

Product description

We can no longer cope with our waste. Every hour in the UK we throw away enough rubbish to fill the Albert hall - a statistic quoted so often that perhaps we've stopped imagining what it means. And every year the flow accelerates. This is the story of our rubbish - from the first human bowel movement to the littering of outer space. With a hankerchief to his nose, Girling picks through our fridge mountain, our crumbling sewers, trading waste, packaging waste, hazardous industrial waste...it is a mucky saga of carelessness, greed and opportunism, wasted opportunity and official bungling. But Rubbish! is also a plea for us to consider other kinds of waste: the trashing of our landscape, the unstoppable floods of junk that clog our mailboxes, litter the skies and foul the airwaves...Rubbish! may not be a conventional battle cry but this is unmistakably a call to arms - not just for the three 'R's - reduce, re-use, recycle - but for us to fight for new ideas, brave initiative rather than reliance on old systems that are crumbling before our eyes.

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Richard Girling is a senior feature writer for the Sunday Times Magazine. He has been awarded the title Journalist of the Year for two years in a row at the Press Gazette Environmental Press Awards 2008 and 2009. He has also been named Specialist Writer of the Year at the UK Press Awards in 2002 and was also shortlisted for this award in 2005 and 2006. He has been a consultant to the former Department of the Environment and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and author of campaigns for the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). He is currently a trustee of the Tree Council.

Review quote

"With a subject that ranges from the noxious to the infernal, it is a wonder that Girling's book manages to be compulsively readable and often hilarious, as well as important." -- John Carey Sunday Times "I believe this is one of the most important books of the year...highly fascinating, totally absorbing, compulsively readable." -- Sarah Broadhurst The Bookseller "A timely intervention for a human race hooked on throwing things away...Girling's sardonic humour makes unpalatable facts compelling prose." Countryside Voice "Be scared. Be very scared. But be sure to read this book." Ben Elton "This deeply researched, heartfelt book will make you by turns depressed, angry and inspired to act." The Sunday Times

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Rubbish, or garbage, is one of modern society's most pressing of environmental concerns. Rubbish! is an examination of the problem of waste -- domestic and industrial -- in the U.K. and elsewhere. Challenging and controversial, this is a rigorous examination of the problem of waste worldwide and the efficacy of the public and private initiatives designed to forestall a crisis fast ballooning into catastrophe. This is the story of our rubbish -- from the first human bowel movement to the littering of outer space. It is an investigation of the looming problem of waste in the 21st century -- our fridge mountain; our crumbling sewers; trading waste; packaging waste; the enormity of our industrial waste; spam emails and new forms of waste; horrors of incineration . . . And it is an attempt to find a blueprint for our survival: the way our lives may have to change.