Junkyard Planet – Pdf download


Author(s): Adam MinterDownload  

Publish: Published November 12th 2013 by Bloomsbury Press

ISBN: Edition Language English


When you drop your Diet Coke can or yesterday’s newspaper in the recycling bin, where does it go? Probably halfway around the world, to people and places that clean up what you don’t want and turn it into something you can’t wait to buy. In Junkyard Planet, Adam Minter—veteran journalist and son of an American junkyard owner—travels deeply into a vast, often hidden, multibillion-dollar industry that’s transforming our economy and environment.

Minter takes us from back-alley Chinese computer recycling operations to high-tech facilities capable of processing a jumbo jet’s worth of recyclable trash every day. Along the way, we meet an unforgettable cast of characters who’ve figured out how to build fortunes from what we throw away: Leonard Fritz, a young boy “grubbing” in Detroit’s city dumps in the 1930s; Johnson Zeng, a former plastics engineer roaming America in search of scrap; and Homer Lai, an unassuming barber turned scrap titan in Qingyuan, China. Junkyard Planet reveals how “going green” usually means making money—and why that’s often the most sustainable choice, even when the recycling methods aren’t pretty.

With unmatched access to and insight on the junk trade, and the explanatory gifts and an eye for detail worthy of a John McPhee or William Langewiesche, Minter traces the export of America’s recyclables and the massive profits that China and other rising nations earn from it. What emerges is an engaging, colorful, and sometimes troubling tale of consumption, innovation, and the ascent of a developing world that recognizes value where Americans don’t. Junkyard Planet reveals that we might need to learn a smarter way to take out the trash.

Some Reviews: 1,011 ratings 179 reviews in Goodreads.com


Iris rated it      
my father was a scrap metal broker in the 90s-2008, so i experienced the global climate of this business as described in this book on a personal lvl. thanks to minter for providing a look behind the demands and practices of chinese + taiwanese businessmen, and for the perspective on how we can better handle our own “recyclable” junk.

Tracy rated it     
Super interesting perspective! I recommend it to anyone. This is not an environmentalist diatribe, it’s a glimpse into where our trash and recycling goes once it leaves our houses and businesses. Some of the outcomes will probably surprise you.

Nancy rated it     
This book is an eye-opener about how very important recycling and scrap metal recovery is in the world economy. I loved reading it because it is a topic I knew nothing about. It now makes me look at consumption around the world in a new light.
Robert Chapman

Robert Chapman rated it     
What I learned from this book is that you don’t know the extent of what you don’t know. This book is a truly educational journey through the land of scrap and recycling in general. The amount of trade between America and China is far beyond what I had ever imagined. 

Very enjoyable read.

Christopher Myrick

Christopher Myrick rated it     
A marvelously globe-spanning look at an under-appreciated and misunderstood industry. Insightful, readable and deeply personal (something that cannot often be said about a book dealing in economics, supply chains and logistics).


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