Rubbish: Uncovering the Truth About Trash

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Trucks dump garbage into a pit at Sunset Scavenger May 12, 2009 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty)

What we throw away, where we toss it, and what gets recycled has been a concern for decades. As more and more Americans are living closer together in urban areas, the trash problem has become even bigger. 

Reporters at KJZZ in Phoenix, AZ have spent the last few weeks thinking about waste, recycling and the policies that encourage good habits among consumers.

As KJZZ news director Peter O'Dowd explains, some of our current practices, particularly with recycling, may not actually reduce waste. 


Peter O'Dowd

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja and Jillian Weinberger


T.J. Raphael

Comments [1]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

I have been buying and selling the contents of estates for 25 years. I once bought a record collection while they still were cleaning up the remains of the owner who was eaten by his dogs.
The only thing I was thinking about that day was ,"Well it could be worse, I could be cleaning up the owners guts instead of his Blue Note Jazz collection."

I have written extensively about the state of Garbology and recycling of everyday items if anyone has questions.

May. 08 2014 01:57 PM

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