Two Words: “Mount Consumption”

[Continuing the Two Words photo series on Hoboken411…]

Consumption “mountain ranges” prevalent in Hoboken

Updating this post from a couple years ago – where we documented how “consumer-driven” we have become just by looking at the massive mountains of garbage all over the place.

Seems to be getting worse.

Take a look at this mega-mound of refuse over at Starbucks uptown. It’s getting so bad over there, that they actually had to augment the number of cans they use. Does every food “transaction” in life involve wrappers, bags, disposable utensils and packaging? Looks that way to me.

excessive garbage in Hoboken NJ starbucks

And outside one of the luxury apartment buildings uptown, this wall of black bags was quite ominous in fact. If it toppled over, certainly an infant or animal could sustain injuries. Heck, maybe even one of those “smart cars,” too! What are these people throwing out exactly? I thought this town was all about “renewable” and other crap like that.

consumer driven great wall of crap in Hoboken NJ

Hoboken provides proof we’re an overly consumer-driven society

5/31/2012 Update:

Spotted this heaping mound of refuse near Maxwell Place the other day… Massive! And I spoke with a worker on scene, who said that this was just a day or two worth of garbage produced by just ONE of the two properties there. Holy moly!

No matter what angle I tried shooting this shot from, it did not accurately portray how much rubbish people produce these days.

Do you think our society is overly consumer-driven?

4 Responses

  1. Andrews says:

    I stopped upgrading my equipment a long time ago. The plan of the elite is to get the majority of the consumers out there in a cycle of constant replacement. It’s a brilliant way to ensure revenue. If I get my messages, and can call and send, I do not need the next best thing.

    I see how they do it. Some major releases do have great features that I might use, but I choose to hold off. So what if I can upload a pic of my crotch hair and it will automatically add a new avatar! What good does that do to anyone?

    The hundreds of new startups I’ve seen recently are certainly destined for failure.

  2. Snip119 says:

    I wonder if we will see as many Amazon boxes in the garbage once they start charging sales tax? Unfortunately a lot of items we purchase contain major amounts of packaging that is immediately discarded. Instead of constantly hiking prices to consumers, manufacturers and retailers should be looking for ways to reduce wasteful packaging. This much waste is a terrible shame.

  3. animal_lover says:

    Today is Wednesday. With the reduced garbage pickup and Saturday being a no pickup night, if a household misses putting trash out on Sunday then that is potentially fice days of trash backlog to be picked up on Wednesday.

  4. HobNJ says:

    You should take a day-trip over to NYC one day. You’ll encounter mountains of black trash bags, blue recycle bags, and clear recycle bags stretching an entire city block. Besides the visual experience, you’ll also encounter the smell that goes along with it especially when it’s hot outside. Enjoy!

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