Essay The Hidden Life of Garbage

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The Ever-Growing Trash of Shoprite According to “The Hidden Life of Garbage,” Heather Rogers states, “Today’s garbage graveyards are sequestered, guarded, and veiled.(178)”Rogers claims that the Waste Management Inc. operates its Geological Reclamation Operations and Waste systems (GROW) landfill on a historical river valley in Pennsylvania in which Washington had crossed the Delaware river. At the landfill site, Rogers’ states, “the logic of our society’s unrestrained consuming and wasting quickly unravels. (178)” In addition, Rogers explains “the aptly named GROWS landfill is part of Waste Management Inc’s (WMI) 6000-acre garbage treatment complex, which includes a second landfill, an incinerator, and a state- mandated leaf composting …show more content…
These boxes are sorted, emptied, and immediately flattened and thrown away thus creating more waste than totally necessary. Instead of getting rid of the boxes, we could save them for our own storage or even give them away to businesses or other people who are in need of it. Also, most people get printed out coupons with their receipts and most of them do not even look at them. This is a waste of paper and there should be a way to stop printing them out unless the customer is going to use them. The paper always ends up in the garbage can because the coupons are useless to people who don’t use them. Another point is that most of them aren’t even coupons. Most of the papers handed out to customers are just advertisements, granted, the ads are good publicity for the businesses but it’s also a waste of paper and simply creates more waste. In conclusion, in “The Hidden Life of Garbage” Rogers explains how garbage is being put into landfills that are dangerous for our environment and asks the repressed question, “What if we didn’t have so much trash to throw out?” This question can be asked in our own everyday lives. At my grocery store, trash is being generating by the lack of a proper recycling program, untouched, edible food going to waste, and certain materials not being reused. Garbage is not something that you would normally take time out of your day to think of, but when you do it seems important. Landfills being created all over can really become a hazard to our