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September 29, 2010 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Whether it's banana peels or bald tires, frozen-food containers or soda cans, Americans make 250 million tons of garbage each year. What happens to all our castoffs after we haul them out to the curb is the subject of "Trash Inc.: The Secret Life of Garbage," a one-hour documentary airing Wednesday on CNBC. "I can't tell you how many pairs of pants and shoes I've gone through, traipsing through these dumps and landfills," said Carl Quintanilla, the Emmy-winning CNBC reporter who spent his summer wading through refuse from New York and Pennsylvania to Nevada, Hawaii and Beijing to learn where garbage goes, who handles it and what's at stake economically and environmentally.
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