garbology.

"One out of every six big trucks in the U.S. is a garbage truck. Their yearly loads would fill a line of trucks stretching halfway to the moon. The creation of products and packaging that end up in those trucks contributes 44 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions that drive global warming, more than any other carbon-spewing category. Garbage costs are staggering: New York City alone spent $2.2 billion on sanitation in 2011. More than $300 million of that was just for transporting its citizens’ trash by train and truck – 12,000 tons a day – to out-of-state landfills, some as far as three hundred miles away. How much is 12,000 tons a day? That’s like throwing away sixty-two Boeing jumbo jets daily, or driving 8,730 new Honda Civics into a landfill each morning." - from Garbology, by Ed Humes.

This book was such an illuminating look at how trash and disposable goods work in the United States - I borrowed a friend's copy and jotted down notes the whole time I was reading. It reaffirmed my belief that this is an environmental issue we're not talking about enough, because it's huge. Big cheers to all of you who reassure me that people do care about our disposable goods problem and are working on it - you're such a good antidote to the feeling that the problem is insurmountable.

Coming up Thursday, I'm sharing a few more of the books that inspire, teach, or just plain entertain me. And, I'd love to hear yours.