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Below are the definitions I got from online dictionaries.
garbage n. Food wastes, as from a kitchen.
I'm trying to understand the difference between the two. Maybe there isn't any. Hope you can shed some light. Thanks!
There are also idiomatic expressions such as "Garbage in, garbage out". Or you can tell someone that what they've said is 'pure garbage'. And there is the expression 'white trash'. And so on.
So, I am reluctant to make any distinction between those two words overly absolute.
Anonymous:Yes! "Waste" is the generic term, and...
"Garbage" is more specific, referring to kitchen and table waste. "Rubbish" or "Trash" is mixed household waste, including paper and packaging. Other muninipal waste management terms include "sewage", and "plant materials" from yard or garden operation.
Nowadays, there is also the term 'Recycling', which refers to all the stuff you discard that can be recycled by the city.
Where I live, every city has a recycling program. And most people don't clearly distinguish between those other terms.
Anonymous:Except the driver of the "garbage truck".
Anonymous:Yes, in general this is preferred usage. For example, one sometimes here's reference to a "trash fire," but never a "garbage fire." This is because "trash" generally referes to dry material (though in general usage a secondary definition that includes all refuse occurs), whereas "garbage" refers to wet -- and not flammable -- material.
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