A lengthy article but a a fascinating topic….
the main insight the author has obtained from digging through our civilization’s trash is that most people don’t place a lot of value in value anymore.
A particularly found the link to information security interesting as Malone highlights he started dumpster diving nine years ago, when he was working at a lower-level corporate security job. His employer had assigned him to conduct what’s called a “zero-knowledge attack” on an Austin-based company. That means they hire him and don’t give him any information about their operation. He is just just a random guy who wants to break into their system. The most effective way to do this was to dig through his client’s trash; many hacks and identity thefts come from information left in dumpsters.
More than anything else human beings produce, refuse gives us insight into the long-term values of a civilizationWilliam Rathje