Archive for April, 2007

Sidebar Appreciation Day

Monday, April 30, 2007

shoe.png  In case you haven’t noticed, everydaytrash has a bitchin’ side bar, which links to a wealth of trashy and green blogs and other informative and entertaining resources.  This week, for example:

Tijuana Dump

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

tijuana.jpg  PRI’s The World aired a long piece on people who live near dumps tonight (thanks for the heads up, Mom).  Stream it from their web site, or check out this complimentary audio slide show on the upcoming documentary Tijuana Dump

Photo of a kindergarden near the dump via International Center on Child Labor and Education.

Weekly Compactor

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

compact.jpg  This week in trash news:

Toxic Brooklyn

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

oilonbuilding_site_6.jpg I stumbled upon this multi-part web series on the Greenpoint/Williamsburg oil spill and aftermath via Green Brooklyn. It’s some scary entertaining shit.

Update: For more information on this issue, check out the section of Riverkeeper’s web site devoted to it.

A “greener, greater New York”

Monday, April 23, 2007

mayor_graphicfull.jpg Check out this handy graphic from today’s NYT coverage of Bloomberg’s long-term plan for a greener city. The Times points out that New Yorkers may be pissed off by plans to charge cars $8 for the privilege of entering Manhattan and loosening zoning restrictions to allow for more densely populated neighborhoods. The paper also notes that the plan is very expensive and would require huge buy-in from the State. We shall see.

The Independent Media center breaks down the congestion plan and links to criticism here.

The Possibilities are Endless … Compost!

Monday, April 23, 2007

Mark your calendars, May 6-12 is International Compost Awareness Week. This year’s theme is “The Possibilities are Endless … Compost!” Make what you will of it.


The U.S. Composting Council has these suggestions for celebrating:

Successful promotions in past years have included:

  • Compost sales – many communities offered compost for sale with the days proceeds going to selected local charities
  • Openings and tours of composting demonstration gardens as well as centralized composting facilities
  • Tree planting ceremonies using compost to prepare the soil for planting
  • The setting up of a “Grow A Row” garden, using compost to prepare the soil, with the fall harvest being donated to the local food bank
  • Backyard composting training sessions, offered for residents as well as through school visits
  • A “Compost Tea Party” where residents were invited to learn about composting including how to use compost and make Compost Tea?
  • Talks by well-known gardening experts on gardening experts on gardening and the use of compost
  • TV & radio shows as well as newspaper articles on gardening and the use of compost as well as how to compost?

Eugène Poubelle

Sunday, April 22, 2007

poubelle_portrait.jpg Here’s a little more information on Eugène Poubelle, the French official for which trash cans take their name in Paris, and throughout the francophone world. Frederique Krupa covers the namesake’s roll in Parisian trash history in this online essay. It turns out Poubelle set up laws formalizing garbage collection and mandating a cleaner city, part of a larger series of reforms in French sanitation of the day.

“Eugene Poubelle became Prefect of the Seine in 1884 and created the final laws governing the garbage collection and street cleaning, building on the earlier regulations about sweeping in front of the building and not throwing anything out the window. Poubelle took these rules much further. He defined the garbage can as having a maximum of 120 liters and the time of passage of the tipcarts (both summer and winter). Rules stipulated that lids must be removed before placing the garbage can on the sidewalk, that dumping rubble, industrial and garden waste was illegal, that glass required separate containers, that ragpickers must sort the garbage on the canvas and not on the ground, and that the cans must be cleaned regularly to avoid odors. Poubelle organized garbage collection in this manner to allow for the household waste to be composted at Saint Ouen. The advent of plastics in the 20th century waste stream put a halt to this practice as well. Angry landlords retaliated by giving his name to the garbage can.”



Le poubelle: son histoire, son wiki

Friday, April 20, 2007

poubelle.jpg Tamar, Everydaytrash’s Parisian bureau chief, sent in a few fun links this morning (or afternoon, depending on your global perspective).

The first is a Paris Postcard article that details the French invention of the trash can, Paris’ subtle battle with doggie do and the future of recycling in a country that can’t be bothered to reuse anything not related to wine. The second, is this petite histoire from wikipédia. More to come.

Golden spike announcement #3 for Staten Island trash train

Thursday, April 19, 2007

pile-computer-shirt2-200.gif The city announced for the third time yesterday (after similar announcements in 1991 and 2004) that Staten Island’s solid waste will be hauled by train instead of truck, thus reducing traffic and air pollution on the island. Just as soon as they finish building it.

You gotta hand it to DSNY Commissioner Doherty, though. The man must be a bundle of energy, what with his socializing with recycling characters and city officials and enthusiastic media interviews and ribbon-cutting obligations, it’s a wonder he has time to draft long term plans for the city’s garbage. I wonder if he’s on the football team.

City recycling program creeps uptown…

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

recyclephoto.jpg Looks like the everydaytrash rant slamming Staten Islanders and the city’s pilot program recycling bins are making the rounds through the blogosphere. Check out this ferry blog, they’ve also been following the woes of pilot program. In another linking post, The Gothamist reports that Union Square got a visit from NYC trash celebs today and links to a new city web site dedicated to reducing trash.

trash on stage

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

theatretrash.jpg  British theatre troupe, the Improbable Theatre, use scotch tape and old newspapers to create magical puppet improv scences.  Their latest show is playing at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis this weekend.

giving green a bad name

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Ever feel like trash to energy programs sound a little too good to be true?  Sometimes they are.  It turns out Green Power is missing some key documents and didn’t report on a fire they had.

Weekly Compactor

Friday, April 13, 2007

cart.jpg  This week in trash news:


Thursday, April 12, 2007

mabira2.jpg  I’m glad to hear someone is thinking about alternative energy in Uganda.  A Ugandan friend told me a couple of weeks ago that the government might allow the forest outside of Kampala to be uprooted and replaced with industrial nonsense. 

green garbage trucks

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

sf.jpg  San Franciso’s so green, even their garbage is green.  It’s so green, it makes yo’ mamma look blue.

And in other greening garbage news, it looks like the BigBelly is catching on

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