Review: Junkyard Planet

My review of Adam Minter’s Junkyard Planet:  travels in the billion-dollar trash trade is out on Science Book a Day today:

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Do you recycle? Separate out your paper, cans and labelled plastic from your landfill waste? Take your computer waste to a resource recovery centre? Go you! I do too, and every little bit helps, right?

Well, yes, of course it does. But if you read Junkyard Planet you’ll realise the vast chasm between our ‘recycling’ and the actual, multi-stage and often international process of recycling that turns our discarded plastic or metal into something new.

Read more on Science Book a Day.

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