hoarders: common occurrence, sensationalized in the media

  • 3-6 million Americans afflicted
  • 1100 graves of garbage filled by each American — much more lasting legacy
  • 50% more garbage than western countries

Rely on equations/simulations to account for trash, which really touched on Sarah Moore’s account of how little we actually know about where our trash goes, speaks to the idea of how we culturally dissociate from it once it becomes waste.

  • twice as much waste as EPA accounts for
  • waste we produce as consumers/individuals vs. waste within industries
    • Zhang Yin, cultural associations with waste, one mans trash another mans treasure

problem, investigation, solution

  • waste vs. wastefulness
  • p. 15: recapturing value, not so simple with cultural norms/reactions
    • seeing value would be lowly
    • 25% of food supply
      • when things were “made right”, back in the day, how did we switch over to increasingly wasteful/disposable ways

PLASTICIZATION OF AMERICA: change occurring increasingly fast

  • new breed of super consumers: buying useless shit = patriotism
    • Bush’s speech post 9/11, go out and buy things, support the economy
  • law of thrift: depression, all time low

ch. 1: intro, describing through ambiguous lens, authors way of reframing, but also speaks to necessity of context

  • landfill, implies actually filling land

ch. 2: irony in wetlands, early 20th century —> now

  • don’t take enough overt responsibility for our actions, what happens to it?
    • begins chain reaction of sending it further and further away, speaks to exchanges between first and third world countries
  • makes me question the problems in terms of whether people were meant to live so densely populated, with wealth comes excess…
    • p. 45, 46: instinct to recycle, government function to keep the streets clean and garbage away
    • p. 52: trash burning, L.A. air quality predated car-culture
      • establishing fault on the individual, rather than collective, even though it caused significant more harm than an industrial facility


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