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By: Richard Girling

Eden Project Books

Paperback | Jun 2005 | #169214 | ISBN: 1903919444
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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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Richard Girling is a senior feature writer for the Sunday Times Magazine. In 2002 he was named Specialist Writer of the Year in the UK Press Awards. His most recent previous book is 'The View from the Top' an illustrated guide to the structure and history of the British landscape. He has been consultant to the former Dept of the Environment and the Dept of Culture, Media and Sport and author of campaigns for the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). He is currently a trustee of the Tree Council. Richard Girling lives and works in North Norfolk.

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