The Hidden Life of Garbage – Heather Rogers


Heather Roger’s essay begins with a description of garbage trucks collecting trash. She describes the process the garbage man goes through early in the morning while gathering neighborhood garbage. Each waste can is emptied into the big, metal trucks and the contents are crushed by hydraulic compressors. When the trucks cannot hold any more, the driver travels to a “transfer station” to unload. After this step, the garbage is then transferred to a recycling center, an incinerator, or a “sanitary landfill”. Rogers uses this specific description to grab the attention of the reader and lead into broader, but detailed topics about waste and landfills. She starts at the beginning of waste removal and then takes the readers through the whole process. Her beginning description is effective because it leads the reader to wonder where the garbage is going next. It is a good transition into the rest of her essay.


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