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Have you seen the animated movie Wall-E? One of the remaining robots on the planet is assigned the task of collecting, crushing and stacking mountains of garbage. It’s soon evident that what appear to be tall buildings are really stacks upon stacks of compacted blocks of refuse.

While the premise of the movie is interesting and at times humorous—as when the robot, who has his own collection of favorite finds, discards a diamond ring and keeps the ring box—the movie is also poignant. And it rings true, as more and more our planet is literally swimming in trash.

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