I read a story years ago where you could purchase a compressed cubic yard of trash from the 1970’s. The time right before recycling and oversight. Our future looks to be similar in the digital era.
“They excavated deep test holes into garbage dumps, just as one might excavate test units into any archaeological site
The archaeological investigation of garbage dumps allowed for the quantification of what kinds of trash predominate in landfills.
Survey data showed that Americans commonly believed garbage dumps to be dominated by fast food refuse, Styrofoam packaging, and disposable diapers.
Instead, the garbologists found these items constitute a small fraction of the total volume of refuse in landfills — typically less than five per cent.”