The trash hiatus continues through December 15th. Until then, take a moment to appreciate your high speed Internet connection, a luxury not found here in Malawi. Even though the colleague office I’m working from this week has a dedicated cable line, power or service cut out every few minutes. I’m trying to remember how I sat still all day at my desk pre-Gchat. My temporary office in Zomba is located in a residential neighborhood where taking out the trash means lighting small fires. Lunch can be purchased for a few hundred kwacha from the woman cooking behind the house on the far right. I miss you all, please continue to send in your trashy tips. I shove off for Tanzania tomorrow and have high hopes for the Cyber Cafes in Dar!
Archive for November, 2007
I gotta tell you, since starting this blog I have noticed that a disproportionate percentage of the innovative trash solutions projects on this planet originate in Toronto. Ah, Canadians. Check out the Web site to this new documentary that chronicles one family who, instead of throwing their trash away, keep it in the garage and allow it to be filmed to show the world just how much waste one family produces.
I’m headed out of town again for a few weeks (warning, posts will be few and far between until mid-December), but when I return I plan to host a screening. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.
UCF triatheletes collect trash while they train. Now if only this were a syndicated practice!
“Some of you may be untroubled by this. If so, shame on you. Your planet is slowly dying from carbon dioxide emissions and the casual dumping of toxic waste. Turning a blind eye to this fact while eagerly consuming every glittery new tech bauble dangled before you is not only pathetic, but suicidal…“
This week in trash news:
- Connecticut trashdaddy convicted of racketeering;
- The government of Uganda and the World Bank invest in manure;
- Uncollected trash threatens health in Barisal, Pakistan;
- Fox News discovers the potential of trash to create energy;
- Scientitsts zap trash into small pellets and fuel (pictured).
Photo via Marketplace.
Just clicked through this BBC photo essay (scroll down and look for “night shift, sorting London’s rubbish”) following two men working for a commercial waste hauler as they make their way through the streets of London. Photographer Emma Lynch captures the surreal side of the graveyard shift. Don’t miss the captions!
Before Oscar was green and Gordon was bald, there was music.
I came across this review of a new documentary on Palestinian trash pickers today. Yet another example of how trash explains the world (in this case class, conflict and social status). I’m not sure if this is screening or airing anywhere soon, all I found was the purchase info (and limited info at that). Let me know if you hear anything!
Check out this post on “Zen and the Art of Dumpster Diving” from the nytimes.com blog, Dot Earth. Apparently dumpster diving is an honored tradition among monks in Michigan. Not surprising when one considers the age-old world of trash pickers and Buddhist disdain for waste.
Unflattering photo caught by Geoff Kroepel for the Environment Report, reposted here via Dot Earth. (Why that guy needs a back brace to scoop a parka from the trash is anyone’s guess. Perhaps it’s all part of the meditation and center-searching. I was kind of hoping for trash slings fashioned from saffron-colored robes.)