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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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An example that gives an idea of the amount of nets lost in the ocean is offered by Edward Humes in his book Garbology.
When teaching a class called Garbology, the science and study of garbage, Ebaugh often tells students that garbage tells the story.
From the EcoAdventures Garbology Kids series, "We Can Reduce: Precycle It
Rathje's treatise--what he calls a "work in progress"--titled Garbology 101.