Wasteland: The Dirty Truth About What We Throw Away, Where It Goes, and Why It Matters
‘There are stories in all our discarded things: who made them, what they meant to a person before they were thrown away. In the end, it all ends up in the same place – the endless ingenuity of humanity in one filthy, fascinating mass.’
When we throw things ‘away’, what does that actually mean? Where does it go, and who deals with it when it gets there? In Wasteland, award-winning journalist Oliver Franklin-Wallis takes us on an eye-opening journey through the global waste industry. From the mountainous landfills of New Delhi to Britain’s overflowing sewers, from hollowed-out mining towns in the USA to Ghana’s flooded second-hand markets, we meet the people on the frontline of our waste crisis – both those being exploited, and those determined to make a difference. On the way, we discover the corporate greenwashing that started the recycling movement; the dark truth behind our second-hand donations; and come face to face with the 10,000-year legacy of our nuclear waste.
Oliver Franklin-Wallis is a freelance journalist for serveral magazines such as WIRED, GQ, 1843, The Guardian Weekend, The Times Magazine, Men’s Health, and many others, where he writes longfomr magazine stories and cover stories. His work has included writing about the ebola virus, the deep ocean, antibiotic resistance, the science of aging, the making of Star Wars, and countless celebrity profiles.
He is also Feautres Editor at the British GQ magazine.
Oliver has been awarded several prizes for his work, such as ‘Freelance Writer Of The Year’ in 2021 by The Freelance Writing Awards, ’30 To Watch’ in 2019 by the MHP Young Journalist Awards and the ‘Print Writer Of The Year’ in 2017 by the British Society Of Magazine Editors, among others.