This week's topic for PhotoHunt is GARBAGE. I couldn't imagine taking a picture of garbage and was tempted to go an easy route and just get a shot of trash. After all, trash and garbage are NOT the same. (Garbage is animal/plant waste, including food.)
Finally, I settled on a garbage truck.
Who invented the first garbage bag? Harry Wasylyk, a Canadian inventor from Winnipeg, Manitoba, along with Larry Hansen of Lindsay, Ontario, invented the disposable green polyethylene garbage bag for the commercial industry and it was later mass produced by other companies for home use. (source: http://www.wiki.answers.com/ )
Is garbage "public property"? Not necessarily. It depends on the state and the state's laws. Here are examples from http://www.answers.yahoo.com/.
1. A criminal throws out a knife that was used to commit an assault. The police are allowed to take his garbage, search it, and use that evidence against him. The courst have ruled that since he threw it out by the curb, he didn't want it. It is admissable evidence.
2. A restaurant serves beverages in aluminum cans. They collect them all, and then throw them in privately-owned waste company's dumpster because they have a contract to do so. Then, two dudes in a truck pull up, load up the truck's bed with cans, and then take them and sell them as scrap metal. That is stealing, and could be prosecuted.
3. You dispose of items and put them out by the side of the road for pick-up by the sanitation company. Dude comes along and sees something he'd like for his own personal use. That's probably okay.
How much does a garbage man make? The average salary is $24,000 plus benefits. (http://www.ask.com/)
Did you know . . . "Garbage" is a rock band formed in 1991 in Madison, Wisconsin? (http://www.ask.com/)
Did you know . . . Garbage is unreferenced data in a computer's memory? (Wikipedia.)
Did you know . . . Every year, the United States generates approximately 230 million tons of "trash"--about 4.6 pounds per person per day. Less than one-quarter of it is recycled; the rest is incinerated or buried in landfills. (http://www.learner.org/)
[Trash and garbage aren't the exact same, although the terms are frequently used interchangeably.]
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