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I can’t tell you how important I think this book is. I don’t want to preach but I’ve been an avid recycler ever since I went to Morocco in the 70s and saw how they used everything several times over. This highly readable ‘chronicle of waste’ is a real eye-opener. It’s got some shattering statistics about our domestic trash, the various ways it is dealt with and what we need to do to help stem the flow before it overpowers us. Do please look at it.

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Rubbish! by Richard Girling

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. Yet our systems for disposal remain as crude as ever. Plan A: chuck it in a hole. Plan B: dump it on someone else’s doorstep.

The story of our rubbish - a mucky saga of carelessness, greed and opportunism, wasted opportunity and official bungling – is at the heart of Richard Girling’s book. But Rubbish! is also a plea for us to reconsider other kinds of waste: our trashing of the landscape; our defilement of towns and cities with tawdry architecture and thoughtless planning; our obliteration of wildlife; 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 simply for the three ‘R’s – Reduce, Re-use, Recycle. But for us to fight for investment in new ideas; to put brave initiative ahead of reliance on systems that might once have been innovative but which are now crumbling before our eyes.Hard-hitting, passionate, provocative, Girling is also persuasive, often funny and always entertaining.


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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 *


About the Author

Richard Girling was editorial manager of the Sunday Times Magazine, had a regular column for the Daily Telegraph during the 1990s, and is now a senior feature writer on the Sunday Times Magazine - contracted to write a minimum 8 cover stories and/or major features a year. He is the author of THE VIEW FROM THE TOP, an illustrated guide to the structure and history of the British landscape (Little, Brown 1997), and was a major contributor to the Readers' Digest social history of the 20th century, YESTERDAY'S BRITAIN. He has edited seven Sunday Times books. He won the Evian Award in 1989 for a special issue of ST Magazine on the medical effects of alcohol and, in 2002, the Specialist Writer of the Year at the UK Press Awards. He is a consultant to Reader's Digest and to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and his commercial clients have included Ford, Esso, Harveys of Bristol, Prudential, Philips, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the RIBA, the Department of the Environment, the Council for the Protection of Rural England and the Civic Trust.

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Publication date

1st June 2005

Author

Richard Girling

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Publisher

Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
432 pages

Categories

The Real World
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Pollution & threats to the environment
Waste management
Conservation of the environment

ISBN

9781903919446

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