A brief, visually appealing introduction to garbage--where it comes from, where it goes. Dumps, landfills, incinerators, and a variety of recycling projects (both individual and commercial) are clearly described and illustrated with full-color photos. Especially interesting is a chapter on how an MRF (materials recycling facility) sorts and processes trash by using sorting machines that shake, blow, and apply magnets and eddy currents. Compost machines, methane gas recovery, making and recycling plastic soda bottles, and the problem of hazardous wastes are all briefly described. Specialized terms appear in italics and are defined both in the text and in the glossary (""lechate,"" ""biodegradable,"" ""white goods""). A very readable first look at an important topic. Annotated list of additional reading; organizations to write for more information; index.