All That Trash: The Story of the 1987 Garbage Barge and Our Problem with Stuff by Meghan McCarthy

All That Trash: The Story of the 1987 Garbage Barge and Our Problem with Stuff by Meghan McCarthy; illustrated by Meghan McCarthy. 2018. Illustrated with acrylic paint. Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Brief summary: In 1987, New York’s landfill was almost out of room.  Lowell Harrelson, owner of National Waste Contractors in Alabama, suggested to get rid of the 3, 186 tons of trash from New York City and Long Island by renting a barge(Mobro 4000) and a tugboat(Break of Dawn) and haul it to North Carolina where it would decompose creating methane gas to be used for energy. It was refused in North Carolina. The story goes on about the traveling story of this barge and tugboat being rejected everywhere.  It made national news and brought the need to recycle even clearer. Finally, a judge ruled for it to be burned.

Comments: What a great book to share at the beginning of a recycling unit. So many questions could be asked to get the students thinking. What would you have done with all that trash? Would could be done to prevent this from happening again? What would have happened to the sea if a storm came and dumped all of it into the water?

This book has several informational text features such as captions, diagrams, maps, and speech bubbles. The back of the book has an excellent bibliography and sections such as: Come Aboard the Break of Dawn, Garbage Barge Facts, Recycling Facts, Garbage Facts, and Ocean Facts.

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