2015 Read–Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash


In Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash, Humes tells us that each American produces seven pounds of trash per day on the way to 102 tons over a lifetime– twice as much per person than Americans produced in 1960.

He asks:  Where does the trash go? What are the sociological, environmental and economic impacts? Where might solutions come from – individuals, communities, businesses?

The Composition Common Read committee selected this book because these questions invoke critical thinking that will spark engaging classroom discussions, thoughtful writing projects and important research.

Like last year’s selection, No Impact Man, Garbology offers opportunities for instructors to tailor discussion and assignments to their teaching philosophies.

The book can also be studied as an investigative work based on primary and secondary research.


Students were invited to compete in a “Don’t Trash Your Trash” competition and Recycled Halloween Costume Contest.

See some of the student work at our news page.