America’s Love Affair With Garbage
An interview with Edward Humes.
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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.
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