Past speakers and sessions

Adam Minter

Author Adam Minter came to the MPCA for a presentation pulled from his work on the new book Junkyard Planet: Inside the multibillion dollar trade in American trash. It was an eye-opening perspective on the global realities of recycling. (November 2013)

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About the speaker

Adam Minter is an American writer who has covered the global recycling industry for more than a decade. Adam and his wife currently divide their time between Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, and the western suburbs of Minneapolis. Check out his blog: www.shanghaiscrap.com.

In his first book, Junkyard Planet: Inside the multibillion dollar trade in American trash (2013), he traces the export of America's garbage and the massive profits that China and other rising nations earn from it. What emerges is an engaging, colorful, and sometimes troubling tale of how the way we consume and discard stuff brings home the ascent of a developing world that recognizes value where Americans don't.