Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash by Edward Humes.
I just ordered this guy's book from Amazon. This link goes to an informative slide show that shows the problem and suggests solutions. I am fascinated by the newest incineration technology that transforms waste we can't recycle into useable energy, does so cleanly and is neighborhood friendly. Modern incineration, via small plants, is an important part of waste management in many European cities.