Archive for March, 2007

Weekly Compactor

Friday, March 30, 2007

hog.jpg This week in trash news:

Plastic People

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

69.jpg  And speaking of trash people, fellow garblogger Ruby Re-Usable has been busy installing a collection of her own.  Using an industrial roll of plastic wrap discarded by a local food co-op, the artist began by wrapping friends in plastic, added some tape and ended up with the lifelike and transluscent figures on view this month all over Olympia, Washington.  A documentary of the installation project debuts locally tomorrow (I’ll let you know if I hear of other screenings). 

What I love about this project is that, just like the flip-flop whale in Kenya, it takes something cast aside and turns it into something fun and beautiful for the community to enjoy.  These whimsical plastic wrap people seem absolutely interactive—and without any bells, whistles, motors or gadgets. 

They remind me of another favorite installation—the Stoker Project’s tape babies.

The Trash People

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

romenuntrash.jpg Keith of The Temas Blog mentioned this world-roaming trash art show in a comment last week, but for those of you who may have missed it, check out these people sculptures made from recycled materials and photos of said trash armies installed around the world.

Romans seem to love The Trash People. The spectacle opened on the first day of Spring and has already received one million visitors. Yahoo! has a slide show.

“They don’t rot, they don’t break down and they float—forever.”

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

minkie.jpg Kenyan fishermen and the World Society for the Protection of Animals are building a giant whale sculpture out of the endless stream of discarded flip flops that get caught up in fishing nets. The partners hope the end product—pieced together with the help of local women who have long been recycling flip flops into local handicrafts to sell back to tourists—will serve as a massive pro-environment, anti-whaling symbol.

For updates and to sign a petition of your solidarity, check out Whale Watch.

Via the power combo of an everydaytrash tipster and the BBC online.

BBC multimedia on sewage floods in Gaza

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

sewage.jpg The BBC has links to an AP slideshow, video coverage and an article on this nasty disaster that has already taken four lives.

Yup, exactly the outfit I would have chosen

Monday, March 26, 2007


Too bad Naomi Campbell finished her community service so quickly. Stories centering around her inappropriate fashion choices for sanitation department community service last week were providing me such entertainment while dutifully googling trash, garbage, rubbage and solid waste each morning.

Today’s breaking news—that trash company manager Ciro Viento will plead guilty to racketeering—should fill the gossip void Ms. Campbell leaves, but the visuals aren’t nearly as ludicrous (credit the AP for the beautifully juxtaposed “sanitation” framing the supermodel’s bony shoulders in the shot above).

wet trash art

Monday, March 26, 2007

gasbuilding.jpg Hands down the best part about having a trash blog is that my weekly web searches lead me to other people out there doing similarly bizarre work on trash-related matters. And sometimes, when I’m very lucky, other trashies trolling the Internet stumble accross this site and contact me. Such was the case recently when I received a very nice note from the (not so) amateur photographer behind the wonderful new art garblog, Gutter Envy. So far the artist has posted three galleries of photos, all of wet trash encountered on the streets of New York.

Fry Power

Friday, March 23, 2007

carls_jr.jpg Carl’s Jr. uses veggie oil collected from the fast food chain’s restaurants to run five of 20 corporate vehicles and plan to get the other 15 running on reused oil in the next few years. While this is good news and all, I’m not sure it cancels out the evil of 1) the existence of a fast food chain or 2) that nasty Paris Hilton add, let’s hope this serves as a model for other oil-chugging chains to think about closing the loop.

Is trash private?

Thursday, March 22, 2007

south-dakota.jpg  South Dakota’s highest court isn’t sure.  Up for debate this week is whether or not cops have the right to root through our trash cans without reasonable suspicion that the waste creator in question has committed a crime.  Personal privacy and the state’s right to limit it seem to be a hot topic in good ol’ SD.  

Weekly Compactor

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

naiomi.jpg Happy first day of Spring!

This week in trash news:

Back, though still jet lagged

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Meatier posts on the way.  In the meantime…

Check out this piece from City Limits.

Hong Kong trash

Monday, March 5, 2007

leila_happyhour_hongkong-034.jpg  Hello from Hong Kong.  The lovely YMCA here provides broadband in every room, so before my 24 hour Internet card wears off, I thought I’d post this photo from today’s jet lagged excursion to Central Hong Kong.  Not much to report, trash-wise, though I do want to report on the long flight over.  The kind flight attendants at Cathay Pacific ask each guest if s/he would like an eye shade instead of providing one in the little kit with toothbrush and travel socks.  I’d like to believe this is to cut back on wasted materials.  In honor of this, perhaps-minor-in-the-grand-scheme-of-things-though-still-noted-and-appreciated gesture, I plan to make myself a travel smock when I get home using my sizable-and-formerly-useless eye mask collection.  Stay tuned for more Asian trash stories when I hit the main land…

Trash hiatus and substitution

Friday, March 2, 2007

china_flag_release.gif From March 3rd through March 18th I’ll be in China chillin’ with the family, testing the accuracy of my definition of “Chinese food” and, because I can’t help it, taking pictures of trash and the people who move it, live in it and profit from it. Though I can’t promise regular posts from the People’s Republic, I can offer a much better solution: Kimberly!

For the next two weeks Chief Tipster Kimberly, prolific commenter, fellow journalist and now regular contributor to everydaytrash, will provide you with direct access to the many leads she emails me on a weekly basis. Expect less frequent but superior quality posts while I’m away.

Baai baai!

Weekly Compactor

Thursday, March 1, 2007

big-belly.jpg This week in trash news:

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