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Essential Lens: Analyzing Photographs Across the Curriculum

Garbage: The Science and Problem of What We Throw Away #4034


Date: September 20, 2011
Location: Everett, Washington
Photographer: Elaine Thompson
Source: AP Photo



Visitors watch as a truck dumps compost materials inside a receiving area at the Cedar Grove processing facility in Everett, Wash. The city of Seattle began requiring residents in 2009 to recycle their food scraps along with weekly yard waste pickup, and the results have been impressive: in 2010, the city’s contractor kept 90,000 tons of Seattleites’ banana peels, chicken bones, and weeds out of landfills and converted that waste into rich compost prized in gardens. But the company processing that green waste has come under fire by citizens and others who complain of a pungent stench emanating from its two facilities located outside of Seattle.


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