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The study of a society or culture by examining or analyzing its refuse.

gar·bol′o·gist n.


(Sociology) the study of the contents of domestic dustbins to analyse the consumption patterns of households
[C20: from garb(age) + ology]
garˈbologist n
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Noun1.garbology - the study of a society by analyzing its garbage
cultural anthropology, social anthropology - the branch of anthropology that deals with human culture and society
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SUFFOLK County Council are advertising for a Garbology Officer - which, to you and me, is someone who specialises in sifting through rubbish for clues about our past.
Garbology : Study of the contents of bins to analyse households consumption patterns.
is the second book in the EcoAdventures Garbology Kids Series, teaching children wonderful ways to reduce, reuse, and repurpose trash and junk, or old discarded items.