TOTAL GARBAGE
Marie Claire Australia|May 2021
Have you ever thought about how much you throw out each week? Calling attention to the crisis of consumption and waste, photographer Gregg Segal explains why he was motivated to document people surrounded by their weekly garbage
Gregg Segal

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve wondered about garbage – where does it go and what happens when we run out of places to put it?

The average Australian generates more than 10 kilograms of garbage a week; for an American, it’s 14 kilograms. Considering that the global average is roughly five kilograms per person per week, not only am I concerned by how much we throw away, but also by how unconcerned we are about the problem.

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