A documented cry against waste and litter; The Waste Watchers, by Arthur H. Purcell. New York: Anchor Press/Doubleday. $4. 50.

Arthur H. Purcell's "citizen's handbook for conserving energy and resources" is a powerful polemic against the evils of waste. It is filled with starting statistics.

Did you know that about 9 percent of your grocery bill pays just for the packing? Or that nonreturnable beverage cans cost an extra $3.2 billion per year?

In addition, as many as 1 out of 10 fires start in litter piles. And a California study of litter-related accidents identified an associated cost of $1 .5 million yearly.

The book contains plenty of ammunition for Dr. Purcell's contentions: "We make and use more than we need. We discard before we have to. And we fail to recover and reutilize our discards. The fires of inflation . . . are constantly fanned by society's waste habits."

"Waste Watchers" is more than just a broadside against profligacy. It also includes recommendations for individuals and communities to use in combatting waste.

About these ads
Sponsored Content by LockerDome

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK