In New Orleans, the Trashman Will Have to Move Mountains: According to this article in the NYTimes, New Orleans has 22 million tons of waste needing to be disposed of RIGHT NOW. This is "more trash than any American city produces in a year." And guess what? It's largely toxic, which brings us to the central problem of our time - how to continue to live, work and create and not pollute the earth. See next link for the answer.
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things We never complain of a cherry tree that it makes too much waste. Why? Because every petal the cherry tree drops on the ground isn't considered waste; it's food. This book is not only a good read, it's THE BOOK that explains how we can do the same thing (and some already are).