Trashing the Planet

Examining Our Global Garbage Glut

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

On a global scale, humans create around 2.6 trillion pounds of waste every year. None of this trash is harmless—landfills and dumps leak toxic chemicals into soil and groundwater, while incinerators release toxic gases and particles into the air. What can we do to keep garbage from swallowing up Earth? Reducing, reusing, recycling, and upcycling are some of the answers. Learn more about the work of the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Ocean Cleanup Array, the zero waste movement, and the many other government, business, research, and youth efforts working to solve our planet’s garbage crisis.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Science, Young Adult
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, STEM, STEM: Earth Science
Copyright 2018
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 104
Publication Date 2017-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 12.4
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN050070, YAN050080
Dewey 363.72/85
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 1200
ATOS Reading Level 8.6
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 189085
Accelerated Reader® Points 4.0
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Source notes, and Table of contents

Author: Stuart A. Kallen

Stuart A. Kallen has written more than 350 nonfiction books for children and young adults. His books have covered a wide arc of human history, culture, and science. Kallen is also an accomplished singer-songwriter and guitarist in San Diego, California.


  • Green Earth Book Award, Winner, 2018
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2018


School Library Journal

“An excellent resource that’s chock-full of facts about human impact on the planet. Hand to students concerned about the environment, and put it on the shelf for research and reports.”—School Library Journal


“Soundly researched and carefully sourced, the text speaks to the complexity of the issue, while offering suggestions for action in readers’ own backyards.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“We have met the enemy and it is us. But unless humans go extinct and nature goes her healing ways alone, we are the solution, a message grimly driven home.”—Kirkus Reviews