Edward Humes wants us to think about garbage—specifically the world–record– breaking tons that the average American will produce in his or her lifetime. 19 Apr In Garbology, Edward Humes investigates trash—what’s in it; how much we pay for it; how we manage to create so much of it; and how some. 17 Apr In “Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair With Trash,” Edward Humes reminds us of something we try to forget: We are a wasteful society with a trash.

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We fail on that score because if you can make smaller, more cost-effective plants that are a source of community pride, then you avoid a whole set of problems that the Japanese and Europeans are avoiding.

I have learned a fair amount about plastics, and if you asked me if I felt the need to read a book about them to learn more, I probably would have said no. Or bring garboloyy own. This packaging is made of incredibly durable materials that really never go away, yet the objects have useful lives measured in minutes or hours.

He seems designed by central casting exactly for the purpose of wielding his main artistic tool—the towering, thundering esward BOMAG Compactor. While some of this material does decompose and produce usable gas, much of it takes far longer to decompose than was previously thought.

Bring reusable bags everywhere you shop. So we’re good, right? To view it, click here. Garbology began with a simple question: Jul 30, Cathyg added it. Jun 20, Jen rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jul 16, Jennie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Saving up for fewer products that are more durable, efficient and higher quality costs less over time and radically reduces waste.

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Stop Buying Bottled Water. Waste energy is a component of the European model. Studies have been made of the content of the garbage stream and it turns out that on the day AFTER the special collection event, the amount of hazardous waste in the garbage spikes – because those who have saved up their nasty stuff and then missed the collection say to themselves “oh hell, I’m just going to dump it!

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This is a wake-u Required reading for anyone who makes trash so What I thought was helping the landfill with compostable matter, is now our new compost pile in the garden. But the most compelling parts involve the cast of colorful characters he meets along the way. Say no to free gifts — no taking pens, pencils, magnets, etc. It also made me take a hard look at myself and realize how I contribute to the problem.

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The other surprise was just hanging out at landfills and seeing what comes in. Big Mike sculpts such a mound not in a month or a week, but in one glorious day, every day, as he and his colleagues dump, push, carve and build a pinnacle of garbolgy where once there were canyons.

And speaking of produce, when and why did it become necessary for groceries to shrink wrap individual potatoes? I’m still left thinking about how much gwrbology could improve upon that idea and become more like Denmark.

It is all put together so seamlessly that it is hard to pause at the end of a chapter because it flows so naturally into the next. Who is more wasteful? So people have completely changed their behavior and it [only] took a dime. The reason we developed landfills in the first place is because people used to dump their trash on the street. Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash 4.


The materials we have in our landfills are resources we’ve paid for and then discarded as uhmes they are valueless. A Pulitzer Prize—winning journalist takes readers on a surprising garbloogy of the world of garbage. This book really makes you think! The basic problem is one of something used for minutes or even seconds then becoming a garboloyg for ages. The book is written with a light touch, but the message is important and not easy.

I highly recommend this very readable and important book! Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash caught my attention.

While she does go to extremes, her tips helped me do a little revamping of my own! If it is properly disposed of that piece of trash may become recycled or part of a nearby landfill. Basically early humans, who gave up their nomadic ways to live garhology villages, cities, and empires lived i This book got off to a slow start, providing a somewhat interesting hu,es well – told history of trash, but soon became much more interesting and unique, teaching me many things I of which I was fairly unaware.

Dec 06, Rebecca Scaglione rated it it was amazing. If we get food to go, we politely hand back the straws don’t use themplastic utensils don’t need them and excess condiment packets don’t want them.

The remainder of the section talks about the efforts communities around the world and one Marin County, California family of four has been working to reduce their waste, one innovative idea at a time. But there’s good news, too: