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Lecture 9

Garbage Lecture 9

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Andre Sorensen

9 Garbage What is Garbage? In a garbage does have value just because it costs money to dispose it The composition of dumps and the amount of garbage changed radically after WW2 because (during 50s and 60s) of Introduction of plastic, research and development of new materials (e.g. NASA) Chemical industrial processes Household chemicals change in composition of garage increase in toxicity Increased wealth more money to spend on stuff and reduced prices, cheaper packaging (e.g. milk delivery: the glass bottle used to be more expensive than the milk itself, now the introduction of plastic makes packaging extremely cheap) Huge increase in waste production Example: hardware stores (changes in retail) change in packaging: before it used to be all bulk style, now its all neatly packaged in plastic Example: beautiful packaging 6 layers of wrapping for cookies in Japan Changing dump technology Open dumps toss it off a cliff, pipes in valley, hills unstable soil, toxic, therefore cannot build houses People used to be very casual about waste disposal until after WW2 where there were concerns about the smell and sanitation SOLUTION: Sanitar
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