All That Trash: The Story of the 1987 Garbage Barge and Our Problem with Stuff

By: Meghan McCarthy

A garbage barge that couldn’t find a place to let it dock sparked a recycling movement in the United States.

ISBN: 9781481477529

JLG Release: Jun 2018


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McCarthy sets her historical scene with three iconic 1980s images: a Mustang GT, an Apple “phone book” computer, and big hair, all depicted in McCarthy’s caricature-ish bug-eyed illustrations. She then introduces the situation: in 1987 Lowell Harrelson, a visionary businessman, commissions a barge loaded with 3,186 tons of garbage McCarthy sets her historical scene with three iconic 1980s images: a Mustang GT, an Apple “phone book” computer, and big hair, all depicted in McCarthy’s caricature-ish bug-eyed illustrations. She then introduces the situation: in 1987 Lowell Harrelson, a visionary businessman, commissions a barge loaded with 3,186 tons of garbage to take off from New York, head for North Carolina, and turn the garbage into energy, a process shown in a double-page diagram. When the press gets wind of the situation, public outcry at numerous ports of call denies the barge permission to land. As the barge travels from North Carolina to Alabama to Louisiana to Mexico the same refrain—“the garbage was not welcome”—emphasizes the futility of the plan. The contents are finally burned (although McCarthy does not specify where in the text), which reduces the bulk to four hundred tons of ash; but as one person’s trash may become another’s treasure, the episode wakens a national consciousness about reuse and recycling, further explored in an entertaining and informative back matter discussion. An extensive bibliography is appended. betty carter

Book Details

ISBN

9781481477529

First Release

June 2018

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

10" x 9"

Page Count

48

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Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

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Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Paula Wiseman

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No sensitive areas

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