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Giants of Garbage

The Rise of the Global Waste Industry and the Politics of Pollution

by Harold Crooks

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city planning & urban development
list price: $45
also available: Paperback
published: 1993
imprint: Lorimer

Harold Crooks chronicles the history of waste management, showing how an ideology of privatization set the stage for the local refuse collection business to become a global corporate enterprise. The author tracks the emergence of the multinational firms that dominate the business and examines how governments fail to cope with the waste disposal needs of growing populations. He discusses the emergence of a citizens' counter-movement, communities standing up to the troubling consequences of contemporary waste disposal?huge incinerators spewing toxic metals into the atmosphere, dumps that leak toxins into the groundwater, and hazardous waste sites that must be monitored indefinitely. Giants of Garbage is a clear-eyed analysis of one of the largest and most persistent environmental issues facing Canadians today.

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Harold Crooks

HAROLD CROOKS is a writer and journalist. He has served as a consultant on the waste industry to government, the legal profession and environmental groups. His film credits include The World Is Watching, a documentary about foreign news coverage which won many awards, including a Genie and a Gold Hugo, and has been telecast in over 20 countries.
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