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Examines the various disposal options, dumping, burning, burying in a landfill and discusses various ways of reducing trash, recycling solid waste into useful items, and conserving resources
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Grade 5-8-- Basic problems involved with solid waste disposal are presented in the text and in the informative full-color photographs. Chapters cover landfill construction and maintenance, incineration, hazardous wastes, and problems with packaging. The actual process of recycling plastics is discussed in some detail. Not only is the writing lively and descriptive, but also the seriousness of the subject comes through without sensationalism. A helpful section, ``Some Sources for More Information,'' contains an annotated bibliography and names and addresses of environmental organizations. This is a good companion to Laurence Pringle's Throwing Things Away (Crowell, 1986), which gives a historical perspective not included here. It is similar in reading level to Evan and Janet Hadingham's Garbage! Where It Comes from, Where It Goes (S. & S., 1990), but with a slightly different emphasis. Libraries needing to update material on the subject will find it a good choice. --Marilyn Long Graham, Lee County Library System, Fort Myers, FL
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Huge man-made systems devour rancid milk cartons; microscopic natural processes nibble away at rotting peels. This primer on garbage shows trash at work producing energy through clean burning, new products through recycling and enriched soil through composting. Although the unimaginative layout, text and photographs have a textbook feel, they will no doubt hold readers' interest because garbage--unlike the usual academic subjects--is intensely personal. Foster tosses in colorful information about: "murfs" (materials recycling facilities) that sort trash with magnets and eddy currents; scientists who study trash to learn about society's quirks; and landfills where old lettuce and newspapers have been preserved rather than decomposed. This book's dispassionate tone and constructive subject could serve as a model for future environmental books that focus on solutions rather than problems. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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