“Wherever this stuff goes, it’s going to be somebody else’s problem.”
1987, the year of trash, specifically New York’s trash. New York’s landfills were at their limit, so Lowell Harrelson, the owner of the National Waste Contractors in Alabama offered a solution. 3,186 tons of trash was loaded on to the Mobro 4000 barge and tugged all the way to North Carolina. North Carolina wanted nothing to do with the massive amount of garbage so there the barge lingered, going in circles in the Gulf of Mexico.
But no one wanted the trash! What were they to do with it all? Bury it and build an island? Contaminate the ocean?
This non-fiction picture book nicely summarizes an unique event in the ’80s. It can be a fun independent read for those in 2nd-4th grade who are interested in historical events, or even used as a tale of caution bringing attention how much trash humans produce.