Archive for November, 2007

Zomba, Malawi

Friday, November 30, 2007

malawian-smoke.jpg  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!

Until then, please enjoy these vintage Malawian trash posts on elephant dung stationary and ruminations on zero waste.

Garbage Revolution

Friday, November 23, 2007

garbagetitle_main.jpg 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.

Carry on!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

brit.jpg  Check out the “Not Plastic, Fantastic” slide show of Brits NOT using plastic bags that follows the Guardian’s recent report on a rise in recycling in England.

Co-eds collect trash

Thursday, November 22, 2007

trashfull.jpg UCF triatheletes collect trash while they train. Now if only this were a syndicated practice!

Wired’s Luddite rails on tech trash

Thursday, November 22, 2007

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…


Thursday, November 22, 2007

An abstract masterpiece by a Mexican artist that was found in the trash by a woman who knew little about modern art has been sold for more than $1 million…

Free dumping

Thursday, November 22, 2007

A three-day effort at the Mall of America to collect electronics for recycling was cut short Friday because of the overwhelming public need to jettison old stuff…

Weekly Compactor

Saturday, November 17, 2007

zap.jpg  This week in trash news:

Photo via Marketplace

Rubbish Collectors

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Rubbish collectors

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!

Vintage Grouch

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Before Oscar was green and Gordon was bald, there was music.

The Garbage Cage

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

garbagecage.jpg 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!

Vehicular Trash

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

deadtrain.jpg This and other stunning shots of vehicle gaveyards can be found in this compilation post over at deputy dog.

Last Night’s Garbage

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

empire.jpg People! How is it that the Star Tribune found out about a new trash photoblog before me? Looks like I and my tipsters have been dropping the ball. Good thing my mother lives in Minneapolis.

Photo from Last Night’s Garbage

Zen Trash Squad

Monday, November 5, 2007

Check out this post on “Zen and the Art of Dumpster Diving” from the 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.) 

Laongo, Burkina Faso

Sunday, November 4, 2007


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