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Rubbish! Dirt On Our Hands And Crisis Ahead by Richard Girling is a rigorous examination of the problems of waste in the UK. Girling examines the issues of rubbish and recycling with his trademark acerbic wit, and argues that changes can be made by every last one of us.

Stop wasting, start wanting a better world

Rubbish! is the story of waste from the beginnings of human history to the newly man-made waste heaps in space. Rubbish! is the sticky saga of carelessness, greed and opportunism, wasted opportunity and official bungling that has brought the UK to its current state. Girling's call to arms is an important and ground-breaking work which will make you re-examine your behaviour and your attitude to waste. This book has a positive message for the future, but only if its readers take heed.


  • 'With a subject that ranges from the noxious to the infernal, it is a wonder that Girling's book manages to be compulsively readable and often hilarious, as well as important.' - John Carey, Sunday Times.
  • 'Highly fascinating, totally absorbing, compulsively readable.' - Sarah Broadhurst, The Bookseller.
  • 'A timely intervention for a human race hooked on throwing things away... Girling's sardonic humour makes unpalatable facts compelling prose.' - Countryside Voice.
  • 'Be scared. Be very scared. But be sure to read this book.' - Ben Elton.


Sunday Times Magazine writer Richard Girling was named Specialist Writer of the Year in the UK Press Awards in 2002 and short-listed in 2005 and 2006. He has also written the books, The View from the Top, Rubbish!, and Sea Change. He has been a consultant to the former Department of the Environment and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, and author of campaigns for the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). Richard Girling lives and works in North Norfolk.

Product Details

  • A paperback study of the UK waste and recycling situation.
  • This is an entertaining and engaging text that tackles all the issues of waste, head on.
  • ISBN-13 9781903919446
  • Published by Transworld in June 2005.
  • 432 pages.

  • Manufactured by: Transworld