Adam Minter, Shanghai correspondent for Bloomberg World View, will deliver a talk at Pomona College on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 4:15 p.m., titled, "Junkyard Planet: Adventures in China and Beyond—Tracking the Global Billion-Dollar Trash Trade," discussing the politics, ethics and economics of the recycling business. This talk will be held in Hahn 108 (Pomona College, 420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont).
Drawing from his recently released book, Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade (2013), and his popular blog, Shanghai Scrap, Minter will illustrate his talk with photographs of scrapyards around the world and stories from his travels. His book is an insider's view on globalized recycling, examining how China and other rising economies reap massive profits from America and other developed countries' trash. In Junkyard Planet, Minter—recently interviewed by The New York Times and NPR—takes readers from back-alley Chinese computer recycling operations to high-tech facilities that process tons of recyclable trash every day.
Mother Jones calls Junkyard Planet "a satisfying investigation-cum-travelogue." Booklist writes, "Minter brings an insider's knowledge and appreciation for an industry that no one thinks about, everyone contributes to, and a lucky few profit from."
Raised in Minneapolis, Minter grew up in a family of scrap dealers and has covered the global recycling trade for more than a decade. In addition to his work for Bloomberg World View, Minter has written for The Atlantic, Slate, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, Mother Jones, Scientific American, ARTnews and Sierra. In 2008, he addressed the Royal Geographic Society in London.
- New York Times: Adam Minter on China's Scrap Trade and the Environment, Part 1 and Part 2
- NPR Interview: Adam Minter "Christmas Lights Make Slippers in Global ‘Junkyard' Economy"
- Adam Minter's Blog: Shanghai Scrap