The Afterword Episode 12: Edward Humes, author of Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair With Trash, interviewed.

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May 24 2012 6:45 AM

America’s Love Affair With Garbage

An interview with Edward Humes.

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June Thomas is a Slate culture critic and editor of Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section. 

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As Edward Humes points out in his new book, Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair With Trash, “Americans make more trash than anyone else on the planet, throwing away about 7.1 pounds per person per day. Across a lifetime, that rate means that, on average, we are each on track to generate 102 tons of trash.” In this conversation, Humes discusses why the per-capita U.S. garbage output has doubled since 1960, what a pioneering program to track our trash revealed, and what each individual can do to reduce waste. It lasts about 27 minutes.

The Afterword, which appears in the Slate daily podcast feed every other Thursday, features interviews with the authors of new nonfiction books.

The show’s email address is slateafterword@gmail.com.

Podcast produced by June Thomas. The executive producer of Slate’s podcasts is Andy Bowers.