Discussion: Where Does Garbage Come From?

In the book, Garbology, the introduction covers the mental illness and social stigma of hoarders and challenges us to consider where all this garbage is coming from, and how did it start.

Americans make more trash than any other country or group on the planet, throwing away about 7.1 pounds per person per day, 365 days a year totally 102 tons of trash in a lifetime. This represents 50% more garbage per person than other Western economies.

QUESTION: We’ve always had to deal with our trash, but what caused this issue to move from manageable to out of control. What do you think was to blame that turned us into hoarders and garbage generators? Would the psychology of hoarding be applicable to your class?