Imagine how little waste we'd make if our landfill was in our own backyard. Not so many decades ago, this was the case for many people. The only place to dump waste was in the back corner of your property. I'm only 26 and even my neighbors burned what little garbage they made in a pit in their backyard.
I admit, it's way too easy to just toss something in the trash and forget about it. Lately, I've been really careful about what I throw away. I don't like making so much waste. I'd like to see how little waste I can produce.
As a side note, I noticed that when I carefully tend to my rubbish and bag it correctly, the garbage men take better care of my trash can. If the bag is about to burst and not tied shut very well, they usually throw the can rather rudely into the yard or driveway and leave the lid by the road to be run over. So, be nice to your garbage men and bag your garbage well.