We've Always Made Garbage
"...the feast of fat things that come reeking under one's nose
at each special puddle of festering filth that Center Street provided
in its reeking, fermenting, putrefying, pestilential gutter!
I thought I should have died of the stink, rage and headache
before I got to 21st Street."
- a journal description of a New York City street, 1852
||Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress
Wherever you find people, you'll find garbage. And the ways we deal with it -- burying, burning, reusing, and recycling -- have been used for hundreds of years. The following timeline shows America's relationship with garbage since the 1600s.
Activity: Oral History Project
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