Hey trashies, I’m back from my unannounced but by now unsurprising hiatus. Everydaytrash has, faithfully, run itself for the past week-plus as in the comments I’ve discovered trashonista Little Shiva and her site Visible Trash (that’s her in the head shot). Or rather, she discovered us, either way it’s a happy day for garblogging. Anyway, check out the site. I’ve also been meaning to report back on the trash lecture I attended over a week ago now, but have loaned away the camera on which I took photos. More to come.
Archive for January, 2008
This week in trash news:
- The Italian army begins cleanup in Naples while non-trahsies around the world catch on to the ongoing trash crisis;
- Organizers in the Philippines call for a green counter-celebration to clean up after a trash-generating religious feast; and
- New York City will soon require big stores to provide plastic bag recycling.
My friend Rob took these cheery photos on a recent trip to Brighton.
Check out this exciting trashie event listing via nonsense nyc, I’ll let you know all about it by the weekend!
The NYC Department of Sanitation and New York University present:
A free illustrated lecture, exhibition tour, and status report on the DSNY museum-in-the-making by Robin Nagle, Ph.D., DSNY Anthropologist-in-Residence, and Haidy Geismar, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology, NYU.
New York City choked on its own trash for much of its early existence. Until Gotham got serious about sanitation, foul-smelling streets, staggering infant mortality rates, and short life expectancies were normal characteristics of city life.
Using newly rediscovered photos from the DSNY’s own collection, Profs. Nagle and Geismar will recount how the Department of Street Cleaning and its successor, the Department of Sanitation, transformed New York from a public health minefield to a safe and sanitary home for millions. They will also describe their recent efforts to create a permanent NYC Department of Sanitation Museum.
The lecture will take place within the ongoing exhibition Loaded Out: Making a Museum. Profs. Nagle and Geismar will conduct a brief tour of the exhibit after their talk. On display are rare historical DSNY images and memorabilia, including a scale replica of a DSNY tugboat and barge, built by sanitation craftsmen in 1952; a sanitation worker’s uniform, customized for the 1939 World’s Fair; a pith helmet worn by one of the White Wings, NYC‘s famous white-uniformed street cleaners of the 1890s; and vintage film footage describing the varied duties of the DSNY in 1950.
136 West 20th Street, second floor, between 6th and 7th avenues, Manhattan
Continues SUNDAY, January 13 at 6p
212 998 8065
Who knew the department of sanitation had an anthropologist in residence?!
Around the world, trash news is focused on Naples this week. The crisis, which is nothing new, has taken an ugly, ugly turn.
- The environment is sure to suffer.
- The police and military have been called in to help, leading to clashes with protesters.
- And, of course, the whole mess is tied to the mob.
Photos via the Telegraph Web site and credited to Getty/AFP.
The Times published an interesting lil’ diddy on consumption last week. Cartoon by Oliver Munday for the New York Times. Thanks for the tip, Joya!
On this lovely Monday, a special shout-out goes to Paz for tipping me off to Garbage Worship, which led to a highly entertaining web search and the eventual stumbling upon of this killer trash Web site. There’s no better way to start a week of garblogging than to turn over a rock and discover an entire community of creative trashies! Image from trashworship.net.
Two friends in two days have sent me links to New York City green-minded events organized or endorsed by the Lower East Side Ecology Center. This Sunday, they’re collecting electronic waste in Union Square. They also have listings for amazing-sounding workshops on worms and composting. I can’t wait to check out a work workshop and report back!
Photo via the LESEC Web site.
Please excuse the silence of the past couple weeks, it seems that in addition to the preplanned souvenirs I brought back from my most recent trip to Africa, a wee parasite got a ride to New York as well. It’s been a memorable holiday season, to say the least! Anyway, anyway, I’m back, recovered, rehydrated and eager to tell you about the adorable cloth bag I bought in Tanzania for a friend. Makutano is a Tanzanian women’s collective putting out all kinds of fun crafts, including brightly printed cloth totes. The “one less plastic bag” bags are in response to Tanzania’s outright ban on plastic bags. For a country with the fraction of the first world’s infrastructure, this is a most impressive move!
Photo via the Makutano Web site.