Thursday April 1, 2004

Garbage Project

A writing prompt from Journal Writing, an egroup for journaling.

What would people find in your garbage bin?

Eyew, ick! :-)

Another member wrote:
If someone were gross enough to snoop through my garbage...
Truly! But, what the hey... here goes!

About two years ago we finally got full curbside recycling here, They take cans, bottles, most plastics (and we don't have to sort those apart!). They take white paper, junk mail, newspaper, cardboard, magazines, envelopes. Every other week they take "yard waste"(no dirt or rocks :-)

When the city started the program, they gave every household a new garbage can, a fairly small, 32 gallon can (4 feet by about 15" by 15") only 1/3 the size of the previous 96 gallon can; the previous can became the "yard waste" can. Residents who need a larger can have to pay more.

In our garbage, anyone crazy enough to look would find used cat litter (about once a month), empty (rinsed) styrofoam take home containers form leftovers, empty yogurt containers, apple cores, strawberry tops, avocado peels and pits, banana peels, plastic bags from stores (not easily recyclable), cat hair "tumbleweeds", used tissues and paper towels, occasional chicken or turkey bones, lids from recyclable glass containers and various non-recyclable items such as bubble-pack mailing envelopes.

With curbside recycling, our actual garbage output is significantly less than it used to be! Most of our household waste is paper; second most is cat food cans ;-) Many weeks, we don't fill the can.

If you're interested in Garbage Archaeology and its anthropological and sociological applications, take a look at The Garbage Project, started by the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (BARA) at the University of Arizona in the early 1970's. The book about the project, "Rubbish!: The Archaeology of Garbage", is a fascinating read!

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