Garbology Reading

  • Single person in america leaves 102 ton trash legacy on Earth over their life span and we produce 50% more garbage per capita than any other western economies that have similar standards of living
    Perspective on how much trash that is:
    -14.6 African Elephants
    – 40 Semi’s
    – 70 Toyota Prius’
    That is a lot of trash
  • Zhang Yin, Chinese entrepreneur that made her net worth of 4.4 billion off America’s trash.  She did this by running scrap paper business out of her home in LA.  She also has been top exporter to China in the number of cargo containers shipped every year since 2000.  Garbage=$Money$
  • Largest municipal landfill is Puente Hill Landfill, which services LA.  It’s a sanitary landfill, which means its garbage gets buried at end of the day to not attract critters.  Really?  Don’t most critters still bury up dead animals to eat I don’t see how burying the trash is going to stop them or cover up the odor.
  • All chapter 2 does is give us a brief history on municipal waste collection starting in New York city in the 1890s.  I didn’t enjoy this chapter as much because of this kinda of boring, but it was needed.
  • I don’t remember hearing GWB saying the best thing Americans could do after 9/11 for their country was shop.  Now I may have been a little young to remember most of the details, but I don’t recall this.  So that was interesting to me.  This so and so led to more and more being thrown away into landfills.  Stuff that could still be used that were wasting.
  • So, we decided to feed garbage to pigs in the 1960’s and stopped when they found out it was unhealthy to us a decade later.  Hmmmm…… I feel like common sense would dictate you feed garbage to animals you use for meat your going to get garbage-meat when you slaughter it.  Then we decide with EPA pushing to create and make landfills.  This is why we are depicted as a lazy society we just come up with short term answers and stick with it.
  • Great statistic I did not know was that 1 in 10 fish pulled out of the Pacific Northwest had plastic in its digestive track.  Then the other stat to go along with this was that fish are consuming plastic at 24,000 tons per year.  This basically tells me one day I might be eating plastic ridden fish if I’m not already.
  • I’ll finish this up with some quick facts
    -UN estimates 7 million tons of refuse make it to ocean every year
    -5.6 million of it is plastic
    -The most common types of plastic: grocery bags, rope, nets, and prescription bottles

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