Site Selection: The particular garbage can I picked can be found in the kitchen of a house. The inhabitants are five Caucasian males all of which are 21 years of age and have been living there for 2 years. The site is primary residence of these five males, but often times “friends” have an influence on what happens at this site, and therefore may have an influence on data collected. A sketch of the site can be found in appendix A.
Methods: I, was the sole individual who participated in this excavation on March 9, 2010. The tools used were gloves, a black yard waste trash bag, a metric tape measure, a pencil, and a notebook. The location used as the “lab” was the drive way located just outside the house. The method used for excavating data consisted of removing one layer at a time with the gloves, measuring the stratographic location, documenting the data in the notebook using the pencil, then disposing the waste in the black yard waste trash bag. The garbage was very compacted so the layers were only a couple of centimeters thick in some places. Instead of sketching every layer, the location of data is recorded on a XYZ coordinate plane with (0,0,0) being the front, bottom, left of the trash can, and all units are in centimeters. A sketch of the excavation process can be found in appendix B.
Data: The list of data I came up with is fairly comprehensive, since the bag of trash I decided to analyze was very compacted. The first layer (0,0,65) consisted of an empty Thomas brand bagel bag, a ripped paper sack, an empty lemon lime Powerade, a used paper towel, and an empty grape Gatorade. The second layer (0,0,60) consisted of an empty crushed Rainier beer can, an Odwalla brand super food protein bar wrapper, 3 used paper towels, an empty can of corn, an empty can of green beans, a plastic set of rings used to hold 6 beers together, an empty pita pit wrapper and an empty sandwich bag. The third layer (0,0,55) consisted of 2 used paper towels,...