Trash study tracks how pieces of garbage may travel hundreds of miles
MIT researchers hope study will help people better understand impact of garbage they produce
"Can we create a situation of minimum waste?" researcher says
Seattle, Washington (CNN) -- The plastic Ziploc bag thrown in the trash in Seattle, Washington, spent a week traveling 300 miles to an Oregon landfill. The old Apple iBook that was recycled is a month into its journey. And a pair of worn Asics running shoes is still logging miles even after being dropped in a bin for used shoes.
Those are just some of the trails of trash exposed in a high-tech trash study.