History of the Garbage Man The Beginning As you can imagine, the world would be a disgusting place without the garbage man. For many years people burned waste, fed it to animals, buried it, and most commonly, tossed it over their shoulder. Some cities became buried, and built over the waste, and others pioneered new ways to save their cities from vermin and disease. Recycling began as a necessity and ended up in present day as a responsibility to the environment.
Over the last thirty years, the amount of rubbish the United States produces has doubled. Eighty percent of U. Today, the middle of the Pacific Ocean is six times more abundant with plastic waste than zooplankton.
In addressing this, there are two key questions to ask: What happens to our household wastes, and why do we make so much trash? How did we develop waste handling methods that disappear the discards flowing from our homes, schools, and offices? How and why has our society become one that churns out ever escalating piles of trash?
For example, why is it cheaper to buy a new computer than it is to get a broken one fixed? And, crucially, how has such unrelenting disposability become acceptable and normalized?
Tracing the history of garbage as we know it today begins to address these questions. Nineteenth century Americans no longer needed to tend and mend as they had in the past because manufactured goods were becoming affordable. But the edition told readers to buy those things readymade.
The extensive reuse of waste materials, however, was dominant during this time and persisted well into the twentieth century.
Today, we often mistakenly assume that people have always commingled their wastes, and our generation was wise enough to begin separating for recycling. But routine segregation of discards is actually the norm, while not sorting household wastes is the aberration.
There was only a brief period, from the years just after the Second World War until the s, in which Americans disposed of their discards mixed together.
Before that time, people typically put their refuse into three separate bins: Commodities that could not be repaired went back into the manufacturing process as raw materials.
In some cases, as in Victorian New York City, sorting and reuse facilities were run by local governments. Also, there were programs around the country in which organic discards were collected separately and fed to hogs at municipal farms.
The municipal facility in Worcester—one of sixty-one towns in Massachusetts that practiced some form of feeding wastes to hogs—was praised in the sanitation trade press as an unmitigated success. The next major development was the rise of the profession of sanitation engineering. The discipline grew out of civil engineering at the turn of the twentieth century, coming into its own by the s and s.
In bringing a supposedly apolitical, purely technical expertise to the realm of trash, the sanitation engineer helped transform popular perceptions of castoffs. By treating refuse as a problem that needed to be put in its proper place, the sanitation engineer constructed an alternate logic in which discards were considered to no longer have value.
This represented a significant break with the past, when materials were used and reused until they almost disappeared.The Conquest of Happiness is Bertrand Russell's recipe for good living. First published in , it pre-dates the current obsession with self-help by decades.
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Just a bunch of red flashes? Really? At least Conquest, despite the . Conquest of Paradise is a very good historical documentation. There is good balance between action, music and content. Gerard Depardieu, Sigourney Weaver and Ridley Scott have done a great job.
Heather Rogers argues in “The Conquest of Garbage” (Kirszner LG, Mandell SR eds. The Blair Reader, 7th ed. ) that although waste and garbage have many negative effects on the environment, it is still good for business.
Normans to Explore the Norman Period in Britain and the impact of the invasion. Search the Norman timeline, explore recent articles and images. The Hidden Life of Garbage. An interview with Heather Rogers, the author of a new book about our ever-increasing 'waste stream' and the people and corporations that feed it.