The Station Wagon podcast: Seattle - Snoqualmie - Olympia: Episode 21: Giving up Making Garbage

Friday, July 29, 2016

Episode 21: Giving up Making Garbage

Please stop what you are doing and give your garbage collector a big hug; leave them an unopened packet of Sprees or M&M's; buy her or him a $25 gift card at your local coffee shop; do anything you can to let him or her know you care for, respect, and love them. You need to do this to make up for us possibly putting several garbage collectors out of work during this episode. We tried to give up creating garbage. The dire impact of our effort likely had rippling repercussions to this incredible service that keeps our society running. Enjoy.



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History


79CE
Pompeii citizens stopped putting their trash in tombs, their homes, next to cisterns, and other convenient places. Because: Vesuvius. (ref)
1834
Charleston West Virginia prohibited vulture hunting because they needed the birds to eat the city’s garbage. (ref)
Post - 1890
Local government became involved to create a systematic way to remove garbage.
  1. More population in cities more garbage.
  2. Health risk connection established.
  3. Clean is good for commerce
  4. Garbage collection natural extension since local governments took care of water and sewage.
(ref)
1950
Garbage day before the garbage bag.
Garbage bag invented. (ref)
1970
Home Trash Compactor Introduced (ref)
1971

Garbology coined: the study of the material discarded by a society to learn what it reveals about social or cultural patterns.

2016
Pebbles the puppy and co-contributor to the Station Wagon podcast has found she enjoys chewing up garbage found lying around the house.
2016
Emma Watson wears a dress to the 2016 Met Gala made entirely out of garbage. (ref)

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