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.

THE PRO DUMPSTER DIVER WHO’S MAKING THOUSANDS OFF AMERICA’S BIGGEST RETAILERS [button open_new_tab=”true” color=”see-through” hover_text_color_override=”#fff” size=”medium” url=”http://www.wired.com/2015/02/high-end-dumpster-diving-matt-malone” text=”Read more” color_override=”#ffffff”]

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.

Amount of trash generated by Americans in 2012.
US recycling rate for consumer electronics.
Amount of e-waste the US produces per person per year.

More than anything else human beings produce, refuse gives us insight into the long-term values of a civilization

William Rathje