A Timeline of Trash

An interesting perspective of trash, the disposal process and the future of trash. Trash Knight encourages you to dispose of trash, recyclables and compost items accordingly.

A Timeline of Trash
Date Location Notes
6,500 BC North America Archeological studies shows a clan of Native Americans in what is now Colorado produced an average of 5.3 pounds of waste a day.
500 BC Athens Greece First municipal dump in western world organized. Regulations required waste to be dumped at least a mile from the city limits.
New Testament of Bible Jerusalem Palestine The Valley of Gehenna also called Sheoal in the New Testament of the Bible “Though I descent into Sheol, thou art there.” Sheoal was apparently a dump outside of the city of that periodically burned. It became synonymous with “hell.”
1388 England English Parliament bars waste dispersal in public waterways and ditches.
1400 Paris France Garbage piles so high outside of Paris gates that it interferes with city defense.
1690 Philadelphia Rittenhouse Mill, Philadelphia makes paper from recycled fibers (waste paper and rags).
1842 England A report links disease to filthy environmental conditions – “age of sanitation” begins.
1874 Nottingham England A new technology called “the Destructor” provided the first systematic incineration of refuse in Nottingham, England. Until this time, much of the burning was accidental, a result of methane production.
1885 Governor’s Island NY The first garbage incinerator was built in USA (on Governor’s Island in NY)
1889 Washington DC Washington DC reported that we were running out of appropriate places for refuse (sound familiar?).
1896 United States Waste reduction plants arrive in US. (for compressing organic wastes). Later closed because of noxious emissions.
1898 New York NY has first rubbish sorting plant for recycling (are we reinventing the wheel?).
Turn of Century By the turn of the century the garbage problem was seen as one of the greatest problems for local authorities.
1900 “Piggeries” were developed to eat fresh or cooked garbage (In the mid-50’s an outbreak of vesicluar exenthama resulted in the destruction of 1,000s of pigs that had eaten raw garbage. Law passed requiring that garbage had to be cooked before it could be fed to swine).
1911 New York City NYC citizens were producing 4.6 pounds of refuse a day (remember the Native Americans from 6500 BC mentioned above?).
1914 United States there were about 300 incinerators in the US for burning trash.
1920’s Landfills were becoming a popular way of reclaiming swamp land while getting rid of trash.
1954 Olympia Washington Olympia Washington pays for return of aluminum cans.
1965 United States The first federal solid waste management laws were enacted.
1968 By 1968 companies began buy back recycling of containers.
1970 United States The first Earth Day was celebrated, the Environmental Protection Agency EPA created and the Resource Recovery Act enacted.
1976 United States In 1976 Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) was created emphasizing recycling and HW management. This was the result of two major events: the oil embargo and the discovery (or recognition) of Love Canal.
1979 United States The EPA issued criteria prohibiting open dumping.
Today The list goes on and on.
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Mountain Metalwerks LLC is an Oakhurst, California company located in the foothills of the Sierra mountain range. Tired of picking up garbage, the owner invented The TrashKnight. The TrashKnight has successfully protected residential garbage from animal intrusion (including several black bear attempts) for almost two years.

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