The quantity of garbage was quite small, which further added to the assumption, but there was no truth found.

2. What behaviors produced the trash?

Answer: just as in any family, there are routine behaviors that produces certain types and amounts of garbage. In this particular instance, because of a variety in foodstuffs, especially in the fruits and vegetables found, as well as the various kinds of meat, cooking can be assumed to have been undertaken in a large amount. Furthermore, because of some rubber gloves found, as well as some cleaning product containers, one can assume that this family did a lot of cleaning as well. Lastly, it is important that newspapers and magazines, as well as printed documents were found, which prove that this family is quite well educated, given the variety of items found.

3. How many people produced the trash?

Answer: this question was undertaken above, and it was determined that at least two people produced this waste, and at most three people. Furthermore, it was determined that a cat also produced some of the waste.

4. How long did it take them to produce it?

Answer: the time frame of this particular question can be assumed based on the basic trash patterns and trash pick-up days. Thus, in seeing that a relatively low amount of trash accumulated from one pick up day to another, one can assume that a few people produced very little trash.

5. Can you tell anything about employment, hobbies, interests?

Answer: this is an important question that has a clear Answer. The entire scope of this analysis was to find the answer to this question, in fact, and given the various artifacts found in the garbage, the answer is clear. Firstly, these individuals have quite some time and one can assume that they may be students, given the amount of food consumed, as well as the variety in the diet. Most working people would rely upon eating out more, as well as buying pre-prepared meals.

The hobbies of these individuals are very politically oriented, as the magazines they had were oriented in political and socio-economic events. Hobbies could also include cooking, given the amounts of foodstuff found. Thus, from this short analysis, one can get a clear picture of what this family may like to do.

6. Are there indications of social class?

Answer: the few indications of social class were once again found in the foods and food containers utilized. For instance, many containers were labeled as organic, which is generally known to be a more expensive food. Also, magazines found were also seen as quite expensive, such as a few international magazines. Yet it was also quite disappointing that things that could be recycled, such as papers and plastics, were included with the trash, and were not sorted. Though these individuals belong to a high social class, they have little education as to how to care for the environment.


The experiment above found the processes to be both innovative and to show, as expected, a great deal of insight into a certain family, from the simple analysis of its garbage. This family was found to be quite a small family, quite well off, yet also to have quite specific interests. However, it was also found that this family was not concerned with the environment, as it did not recycle. Yet the experiment was quite successful, useful and interesting, and this methodology can tell us a lot about how human anthropology studies can…