garbage vs. trash

Thomas Paikeday t.paikeday at SYMPATICO.CA
Tue Jan 23 04:34:54 UTC 2001

What Bob says below is what I learned in 1962 when I came to the U.S.
and lived in Boston. I found the same distinction observed in a Canadian
college residence the other day. They have two bins, one for "wet" stuff
and another for "dry" stuff. The dry stuff is recyclable, at least most
of it, I suppose, but the wet stuff is composted.

"Robert S. Wachal" wrote:
> For me, trash contains no foodstuff. and garbage is only foodstuff.  Note
> 'garbage disposal'.
> Bob Wachal
> At 10:03 AM 1/22/01 EST, you wrote:
> >Is there regional distribution in the use of "garbage" vs "trash," as in cans
> >or the contents thereof? FWIW, DARE has no entry for "garbage." - Allan
> >Metcalf
> >
> >

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