The oldest of the old-fashioned trash, the trash that was dumped by people, is becoming obsolete and its contents are disappearing, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California at Davis.
The researchers, led by Dr. Jeffrey Feltman, professor of ecology at UC Davis, analyzed the contents of the garbage and the materials that people used to put it into their garbage bins, and found that there were signs of a rapid decline in trash quality.
They identified a number of materials, including the plastics and polyethylene bags used to store and transport garbage, as being linked to the decline in quality of the trash.
“These materials are used for construction, transportation, and household items and have a long history of being stored in a landfill, where they are degraded and are no longer usable,” Feltmon told ABC News.
“There is a need for recycling and reusing of these materials, but it is often hard to find them.”
Feltmon and his colleagues found that the materials were mostly used to hold and transport plastics and other materials used to manufacture consumer products.
They also found that plastics were increasingly being discarded, especially in urban areas, as people move away from the cities and into rural areas.
Feltman’s findings were published online in the journal Ecology Letters.
Founded in 1885, UC Davis is one of the top-ranked public universities in the U.S. The university was founded on a philosophy of research and teaching and is known for its commitment to social justice and excellence.
Faced with the loss of many of its cultural treasures, the university has partnered with organizations and individuals to preserve and protect some of the world’s most valuable historical and cultural artifacts.
The UC Davis campus is located on the UC Davis-Monterey Bay Aquarium campus.