Rush to Burn
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One day in March 1987, a barge from Islip, Long Island was evicted from Morehead City, North Carolina, after trying to unload the mountains of trash on its decks. More than five months from the time it began its trip, the unwelcome barge, and it's 3,186 tons of commercial garbage, became the cornerstone of an astonishing news investigation that revealed a country unable to cope with its mounting garbage crisis.
Newsday reporters were the first to locate the barge, the Mobro 4000 as it drifted aimlessly off the shore of Long Island. They were also first to explore and explain the problems and issues that barge had come to symbolize. The results of their investigation are presented in this book. Winner of the Worth Bingham Award, the Page One Award for Crusading Journalism, and the New York State Associated Press Award for In-Depth Reporting, Rush to Burn explains the reasons why we, as a throw-away society, are suffocating in our own trash. It also explains why communities, in desperation, are turning to incineration, the riskiest form of garbage disposal yet developed.
PART I. Garbage World
Chapter 1. High-Stake Risk on Incinerators
Chapter 2. The All-Consuming Lifestyle
PART II. Landfills: Is Yesterday's Solution Today's Problem?
Chapter 3. Landfills Head for the Scrap Heap
Chapter 4. The Hills of Fresh Kills
PART III. Transporting Trash
Chapter 5. Trash over the Long Haul
PART IV. Incineration: Promise or Problem?
Chapter 6. Trying a European Import
Chapter 7. The Debate over Danger
Chapter 8. The ''Trash'' of Incineration
PART V. The New York Experience
Chapter 9. Locals Left Holding the Bag
Chapter 10. Will It Go Up in Smoke?
Chapter 11. Town Strikes a Deal in a Hurry
PART VI. Garbage as Gold
Chapter 12. The Expense of Expertise
PART VII. Solutions?
Chapter 13. The Search For Solutions
Chapter 14. The Promise Of Recycling
PART VIII. Epilogue
Chapter 15. In the Barge's Wake
Chapter 16. The Trash-Export Boom