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The globalization of garbage

ELIZABETH GLASSANOS/FP Original The International Herald Tribune sent its reporters to seven different cities to find out where the garbage goes. My favorite recycling story? Reporter Andréa R. Vaucher found that Los Angeles’ trash sometimes ends up as carpets in Alabama and T-shirts in China. And Meg Bortin raises a good question: “[W]hat will happen ...

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ELIZABETH GLASSANOS/FP Original

The International Herald Tribune sent its reporters to seven different cities to find out where the garbage goes. My favorite recycling story? Reporter Andréa R. Vaucher found that Los Angeles’ trash sometimes ends up as carpets in Alabama and T-shirts in China.

And Meg Bortin raises a good question: “[W]hat will happen when Asian manufacturing powerhouses like India and China begin to produce even a fraction of the trash produced in the West[?]”

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