Garbology Analysis

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Midterm Project: Garbology I have conducted a garbology analysis in my apartment. I have taken notes of the trash 3 separate times and have categorized the information using tables that can be found at the back of this report in the appendix. The household data from which this data was taken is described below: Household data: #of individuals living in apartment: 4 Household relationships: roommates (1 couple and 2 individuals) How often do you have meals together: the couple eats together for every meal and the two individuals eat together for every meal. Special needs: 1 person is a vegetarian, all 4 people are student athletes at the collegiate level and all run anywhere from 8-15 miles a day.…show more content…
After the first dig through the trash I found that 84.61% of have been could of been recycled and after dig number two I found that 59.25% of that trash could have been recycled, and lastly after dig number three there was a whopping total of 80% of trash that could have been recycled. Altogether 74.69% of our trash could have been recycled! Now I do not know what beliefs or values my roommates have about the environment but in regards to my values and my trash it is clear that I only talk the talk and do not walk the…show more content…
This suggestion is supported by the fact that 36.53% of our trash is the brand Great Value meaning that our household consistently purchases the cheapest brands. Further evidence shows that we consistently buy packaged products (a whopping 62.65% was packaging!) and this is probably because packaged food is easier and quicker to make. Some more factors that place our household among the "average consumer with a limited budget" is that 80.72% of our trash was non-perishable meaning that we regularly purchased items of food that would last longer (i.e. we used more whole wheat pasta instead of bananas and other fresh fruits). Lastly, we fall into the category of a typical consumer because we, along with many Americans, do not recycle, and as stated before 74.69% of our trash could have been recycled meaning that only 25.31% of our trash was actual garbage. These statistics are shocking because it shows as a household that we are falling into the typical parameters of a "lazy" consumer, we are buying the cheapest, fasted made packaged food without giving a second thought about the consequences it will have on the environment or on

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