A pedestrian look at where garbage comes from and where it goes, without the depth or balance of Lee's The Throwaway Society (1990) or the pizzazz of Gibbons's easier, visually appealing Recycle! (p. 393). The Silversteins discuss recycling in nature; food chains and food webs; the search for trash solutions; recycling problems; what readers can do; and the future. But there are some weak generalities (""As recycling gains popularity it will become more widespread, easier, and more efficient""), and sections on unique recycling processes are too brief--readers intrigued by ""vacuum pyrolysis"" or the ""plasma are furnace"" will have to look elsewhere for full descriptions; and some may wonder what a ""catch-22 situation"" is. Not the Silversteins' best effort. Brief glossary; organizations to write for information; further reading. Index and photos not seen.