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Author Stefanelli, Leonard Dominic, 1934- author

Title Garbage : the saga of a boss scavenger in San Francisco / Leonard Dominic Stefanelli
Published Reno & Las Vegas : University of Nevada Press, 2017
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Contents Cover Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction: A Historical Summary of Garbage; 1. A Personal History; 2. The Birth of Sunset Scavenger Company; 3. Sunset Scavenger during the 1940s and 1950s; 4. Disposal of San Francisco Waste, 1906-1966; 5. How I Became a Scavenger; 6. Work, Courtship, and Marriage; 7. The Art of Scavenging and Recycling; 8. The Board of Directors and How It Governed; 9. The Revolution; 10. My Role as the New President; 11. Dirty Work, Pride in Ownership; 12. A Visit to Where the Boss Scavengers Were Born
13. Sunset Scavenger, Catching Up in Time14. The Development of the Sierra Point Landfill; 15. Immediate Challenges: The Mountain View Project; 16. Beyond Mountain View; 17. Growing the Business; 18. The Creation of Envirocal, the Holding Company; 19. Addressing the 1968 Civil Rights Act; 20. Seeking the Proverbial Black Box for Waste Disposal; 21. A Good Proposal-Not Implemented in San Francisco; 22. A Conceptual Solution for the State of California; 23. The Winds of Change; 24. A Radical Change and a New CFO; 25. A Significant Event that Changed My Plans; 26. The Final Stab in the Back
27. My World without Sunset ScavengerAbout the Author; Illustrations
Summary "Garbage is a memoir of an exceptional trash collector from the streets and wharves of San Francisco. This is a rollicking first-person narrative that recounts an incredible life led and has amazing nuggets of wisdom scattered throughout its pages. Stefanelli was trained to be a scavenger by his uncles in the 1940s and 50s ata time whenrampant discrimination prevented Italian immigrants and their families from pursuing any other career. From there, he became a 'boss scavenger', married a garbage man's daughter, and climbed the ranks of the Sunset Scavenger Company where he eventually took part in a corporate shakeup that made him the company's president at only 31 years old. As one of the men at the helm of this booming industry, he became the chief advocate for increasingly innovative recycling and waste management practices in the Bay Area, and a foremost leader of environmentally-conscious business in the world. Stefanelli's lively memoir will enlighten readers to the waste management business, an industry that was once considered the lowest rung on the social ladder, but will also show his unparalleled capacity for transformation and vision"-- Provided by publisher
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Subject Stefanelli, Leonard Dominic, 1934-
Stefanelli, Leonard Dominic, 1934-
Sunset Scavenger Company -- Biography
Sunset Scavenger Company -- History
Sunset Scavenger Company.
Sanitation workers -- California -- San Francisco -- Biography
HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- West (AK, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, UT, WY)
NATURE -- Environmental Conservation & Protection.
Sanitation workers.
California -- San Francisco.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2017039587
ISBN 0874175593 (ebook)
9780874175592 (ebook)