Year of No Garbage: Recycling Lies, Plastic Problems, and One Woman’s Trashy Journey to Zero Waste

Skyhorse. Apr. 2023. 292p. ISBN 9781510774636. pap. $16.99. HOME ECON
This journey is of one family’s quest to go one year with no garbage taken to the landfill. “Stunt memoirist” Schaub (Year of No Sugar; Year of No Clutter) includes all her family’s struggles and excitement with this project that accidentally coincided with the 2020 global pandemic. While it is not a “how to” recycle or go garbage-free book, it still includes many detailed solutions to problems that the Schaub family encountered. Those who have read the previous yearlong family projects will find this another great companion title. However, it stands perfectly on its own, and readers do not need previous knowledge of the other books in the series. Other recycling books do a general overview of recycling, but this title goes into the tiny struggles the lifestyle encounters (toothbrushes, floss, toilet-paper wrappers, etc.). Readers will sympathize and laugh with everyday struggles as not everything fits into an easily labeled recycle bin at the landfill.
VERDICT Recommended for all public and academic library collections and especially for those with patrons who have an interest in recycling or composting. This title can easily fit in humor, sustainability, or memoir sections.
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