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5.0 out of 5 stars Garbology, April 24, 2012
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This review is from: Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash (Hardcover)
For those of you who think garbage is boring, think again. Edward Humes' book Garbology is an interesting and fun (really!) read. Humes describes some of the environmental problems we face like the horrific amount of plastic floating in our oceans. He includes a fascinating chapter on New York's garbage at the turn of the century when the streets were still filled with rotting food left for pigs to eat and how the city overcame the stench. He offers attention-grabbing stats like the new one out of Columbia University and BioCycle--the average American throws away 7.1 (not 4.5) pounds a day! The last part of the book is my favorite where Humes focuses on people and places that are making a difference--the folks at Chico Bags, the San Francisco artists who create art out of throwaways, the most eco city in the nation--Portland, OR, and a family whose yearly discards fill up one mason jar! I don't think I can reduce my discards to a mason jar, but after reading Garbology, I might want to try.
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Initial post: Apr 27, 2012 7:16:48 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2015 1:45:34 PM PDT
David Post says:
Wikipedia for both Garbology and Alan J. Weberman don't give you credit for coining Garbology. At the most your own wikipedia page gives you credit for popularizing the phrase, which is not the same as coining. Use appears to have started perhaps in the 1960's and a project in 1973 at the University of Arizona led by William Rathje, at least according to Wikipedia. Is a 40 year old phrase still in need of citation? What is your link to being the one who coined? You offer no evidence other than your own assertion.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2015 4:47:36 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 25, 2015 4:48:11 AM PDT
I coined the word in an Esquire magazine article in the early 1970's and came out with My Life In Garbology in the late 1970's plus I wrote about Dylan garbology in the EVO. Garbologist already existed in Australia but not garbology. Do your research, I was the first garbologist. Where are you coming from David?
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