One Week Challenge
Intro: a little bit of information on how the garbology challenge started
The garbology challenge began when 5 students gathered together for a group project in a Historical Ecology class at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. We had talked about how much garbage is produced around the world in our class and wanted to know more about it, so we began asking questions. How much garbage would each of us produce in a day? What exactly is garbage, and are there better ways to get rid of the things we do not want or need? If we find better ways, how can we share them with others?
We worked to design a study that would show us how many pounds of garbage we produced each day so we could easily repeat the study with other groups and compare the sets of data. We challenged ourselves to individually collect all the garbage we made each day for a full week and weigh the items from each day. We then divided the garbage items in to three categories: Recyclable, Compostable, and Waste. To learn more about the three categories, click on the links in the Resources tab. Once we divided the garbage into categories we quickly saw how easy it is to help better our environment by being responsible with our garbage.