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  • Garbology Admin 12:00 pm on April 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Recycling: Past, Present & Future 

    Why recycle? Recycle is a process where you can reuse the material again. It’s like adding additional life to some materials. Some material can be recycled and some material can’t be. Without a recycle icon stamped is not recyclable, so therefore, it is trash.


    In the past, people bought, used, and threw items away. The amount of materials in landfills that got bigger and bigger. The cycle of buying, using, and throwing trash never stops. The amount in the landfill is so huge and it caught people’s attention and created concern for environment and its impact on other animals, air, and water.


    People are recycling aluminum cans, steel cans, newspapers, papers, cardboards, plastics, and magazines. People go online to find the latest news. Many companies urge people to sign up for paperless bills and online magazine subscriptions, but some people in the older generation buy newspaper to read, send bills via mail, and receive magazine via shipping. Kids use old cards and other recycled materials to create a recycled greeting card such as Valentine’s Day, Christmas card, and etc.


    Recycling will carry over into the future. People will have newer idea on how to improve recycling. After the older generation is gone, more people will be using online magazines, paperless bills, and paper money will be gone too. People will be carrying their own containers for water, coffee, or soda. Many art sculptures are made from recycled materials.

    Final Thought

    It is hard to believe how huge the landfill is. I think plastic is probably the biggest enemy trash in the sea, air, and the land. I think people should try to reuse a plastic container and refill with what have gone inside. This is better than throwing it away. It will eliminate recycling plastic. Keeping the landfills less is a toughest job.   Earth is your home, so keep it clean and beautiful.

    • ajweberman 2:56 am on April 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      garbology is the study of famous people’s trash. I invented the darn word so I should know.

  • Lorelle VanFossen 6:41 am on October 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Call for Abstracts on Forms of Excess in Post-1960 Art, Film, and Literature 

    Discard Studies announced a call for abstracts on the topic of “Forms of Excess in Post-1960 Art, Film, and Literature” for the University of York in the UK with a February 2015 deadline, followed up with a special event workshop and exhibits.

    This appears to be an open request, and it comes with some interesting topic ideas, many of which may apply to our Garbology campus and classroom projects.

    Visual art, film, and literature since 1960 has been marked by leftovers, repetitions, and time lags, despite emerging in a climate of accelerated technological development and the erasure of leisure time. From artworks that incorporate the trash and detritus of consumerist excess to novels and films that indulge in narrative ‘time-wasting,’ the cultural production of the last fifty years has revelled in the wasteful and excessive. This event asks: what are the aesthetics of excess? What are its material, temporal and figurative manifestations? Is artistic time-wasting a radical form of resistance to the capitalist imperative to be productive? Or do art’s glorious expenditures reinforce aesthetic hierarchies that privilege ‘difficulty’? We invite 20-minute papers from postgraduates and early-career researchers that engage with waste and excess in post-1960 art, literature, and film. Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

    • Narrative: digressions; footnotes and marginalia; listing; repetition; the non-event; the filler; reality effects
    • Queer theory: the concept of the queer subject as embodying non-(re)productivity; queer temporalities; drag and camp as recycling
    • The body: labour; time-wasting and protest
    • Feminism: the gendered dynamics of lack and excess
    • Economic surplus: abstraction; financial markets; concepts of utility and value
    • Digital waste: big data; information overload; archive fever
    • Cold War politics: nuclear waste; abundance and wasting as critical tactics
  • rhughesatctec 5:18 pm on May 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: campus impact, learning opportunities   

    I had opportunity to speak with Tim Cook at the Clark College Student Video Film Festival and told him about the creation of this web site for augmenting, staging, and supporting Garbology comon read efforts. He immediately connected with the idea and supported it. It didn’t even take a full explanation to him to realize how a multi-user WP website could be beneficial here. BTW, Tim visited one of Lorelle’s classes earlier this year. I would like to invite him to participate on this forum.

  • rhughesatctec 9:57 am on May 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Opportunity—I just took a look at Clark College’s 2014-15 Institutional Goals and saw that under the core heading Enhance College System a goal for the college is to “Implement the Environmental Sustainability Plan”, which the latest scorecard suggests is still in process of being developed. My thought here is that Garbology’s timing for adoption could very much make an impact at Clark going well beyond the first year experience common read learning opportunities. And the selection of this particular book could serendipitously aid the case of the common read. Ray and Janette? Do you have enough copies for members of Clark EC and maybe the trustees?

    • Lorelle VanFossen 8:58 pm on May 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Brilliant. This is big! Love this idea.

      • Janette Clay 4:41 pm on May 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, copies have been ordered for EC and I believe the trustees as well. Good connection to the 2014-15 institutional goals.

        • rkorpi 7:24 pm on May 30, 2014 Permalink

          Since I was aware of the direction of the strategic plan before our selection meeting, I was able to speak to the nice meshing of sustainability and garbology. I am pleased that you have caught onto the master plan 🙂

        • rhughesatctec 7:37 pm on May 30, 2014 Permalink

          Awesome, Ray. I’ve said it before, we eat at the same table.

  • Lorelle VanFossen 11:34 pm on May 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: examples, learning opportunities, , , school examples, universities   

    UW Garbology Project 

    Garbology: The Book and Author

    Educational Resources and References

    School, Community, and Group Educational Projects

    Garbology in the News

    Garbology Articles and General Commentary

    Web-based Applications and Tools

    Related Books

    The following are books on topics related to Garbology and garbage in general.


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