Analysis Of Two Articles On Trash Disposal

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First I will summarize an excerpt out of Heather Roger's essay, Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage published in 2005. Second I will summarize Lars Eighner essay On Dumpster Diving published in 1995. Our government needs to immediately enforce a set of strict standardized laws that carefully regulate and monitor the disposal of todays and more importantly tomorrow trash. I will argue that this is necessary for large corporations and businesses to deduce their consumption. Finally I will argue that we need to educate the public about the importance and need to restrict our consumption to secure our future.
Heather Roger's essay Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage offers a compelling outlook on society’s excessive and uneconomical mass-production of goods (585). Rogers explains the process in which our garbage and waste are collected, processed, and discarded (Roger 585). From your kitchen, to the curb, then into collection trucks, to the processing unit, where they separate, recycle, burn, compact, and deposit your garbage in our Earth (Roger 585). Roger quotes “… Dumps are comprised of a series of earth covered cells” (Rogers 586). Landfills have used “Cells” to burry trash for decades and today’s cells are lined with a special material preventing the trash from leaking into the ground and rainwater (Roger 586). A cell can be up to 100 acres across and up to hundred feet deep (586). It takes years to fill a cell and after the cell is full it is “capped” and covered over with several feet of dirt (586-587).
Not all trash finds its way to a landfill. I have acquired amazing treasures: perfectly good furniture and toys from curbsides and Dumpsters. My Grandfather always said “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” My grandfather had money dumpster diving was just his hobby. Lars Eighner at one point had no options other than dumpster diving because he had no money. Lars Eighner wrote an essay On Dumpster Diving published in 1995 illustrates his journey from consumer to homeless. After graduating from the University of Texas Lars Eighner started his writing career and published the novel Pawn to Queen Four (Eighner 591). Unfortunately in 1988 Eighner became homeless, but learned to survive off of others waste. He got all his life’s belongings out of a dumpster (591). Like most people Eighner was disgusted by the thought of eating trash from a dumpster. Eighner quickly got past the stigma and judgment after finding perfectly good food and items people threw away (592). Eighner was a survivalist but regardless of how careful Eighner was he got sick from food at least once a month (591). Eighner found many memorable items- love letters, candles, bedding, toilet paper, medicine, books, and coins amounting to dollars. Eighner saw dumpster diving as a work of art (592). I imagine living on the streets is a hard life. Eighner struggles thought him many valuable lessons. One being: Only take what you need. When life is plentiful...

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