• Junkyard Planet

  • Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade
  • By: Adam Minter
  • Narrated by: William Elsman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Junkyard Planet

By: Adam Minter
Narrated by: William Elsman
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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents Junkyard Planet by Adam Minter, read by William Elsman.

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 deep into a vast, often hidden, 500-billion-dollar industry that’s transforming our economy and environment.

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

©2013 Adam Minter (P)2021 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

"Eye-opening.... [Minter is] an excellent guide to this sprawling and bewildering trade." (Wall Street Journal)

"Superbly researched." (Financial Times

"Minter’s skillful compilation of trade statistics in and of itself would make Junkyard Planet a strong book. But what tips it into greatness is the confident, sympathetic voice in which he narrates his peripatetic odyssey through the world’s junkyards." (Los Angeles Review of Books)

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Very Interesting, Very Detailed

Adam Minter's book on the secondhand market is much more engaging, but this one is good, too.

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Fascinating

Fascinating story about what recycling really is. Makes you think about your own decisions. I wish that there was more to the story and there sure is!

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Fascinating industry that impacts us all !

Very well written account of the ins and outs of the scrap industry and its significant role in worldwide macroeconomics.

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  • nicholas kelly
  • 05-27-21

Incredibly interesting

loved it - fascinating, in depth, confronting at times. it's a book that ensures awareness of the complex nature of junk....