Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale review
Adam Minter recently published Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale. It is terrific. He addresses all those issues that don't get talked about unless you really are down in the weeds with waste management professionals, scrap dealers, Goodwill clerks, those companies that clean out your mother's house so you don't have to, and repairers throughout the third world who cheerfully collect first world discards and refurbish them for $$ in the third world.
You may recognize his name. Minter published 'Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-dollar Trash Trade' back in 2013. He grew up in a scrapyard-owning family and has a real affinity for the realities of recycling, repair, reuse, and refurbishment. If recycling doesn't make money, it can't compete with virgin feedstocks for industry.
'Junkyard Planet' was also excellent and well-worth adding to your reading list if you're interested in sustainability or scavenging.
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They are both excellent books and should be read together as they cover different parts of the recycling world.
Teresa from Hershey