Archaeology students at the University of Arizona are looking at garbage to learn about modern society. Someone's garbage shows a more truthful picture of their everyday life than they will admit to.
Sludge is liquid garbage created by treating water at sewage plants. A small town in Texas is using earthworm to eat the sludge and turn it into soil. The process is being used on a small scale but the town is hoping to expand.
A modern artist makes her pieces out of garbage she finds in New York City. She uses her ability to spot art in discarded items to create collages.
The head of the sanitation department in Tucson, Arizona talks about having a sense of pride in the work. City administration helped reform the department with new equipment, incentives, and a positive work environment.
Credits: Garbage: Another Way of Seeing It
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Take a visit to the University of Arizona, where archaeologists sift through refuse for clues about current life styles, and to a Texas town that uses its sludge to produce topsoil.
Length: 31 minutes
Copyright date: ©1982
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