Archive for October, 2009

Weekly compactor

Monday, October 5, 2009

This week in trash news:


Monday, October 5, 2009

The blog Green Inc. reports that:

Enerkem, a green energy company based in Quebec, has developed an alternative approach to mining the carbon out of non-recyclable plastics, construction waste and other materials found in the municipal waste stream.

The company says it has pioneered a gasification technology that processes waste into a synthetic gas that can be converted into liquid fuels and biochemicals, and it has entered a 25-year deal with the City of Edmonton to purchase the trash left over after glass, metals, paper and recyclable plastics have been removed.


Monday, October 5, 2009

This Thursday, October 8th, Seattle-based trashies should check out Kuros Zahedi‘s work @


Thursday, October 8
1617 Boylston Ave., Second Floor

There will be drinks, food, and great people.  This date syncs up with the Blitz! Capitol Hill Art Walk – so if you’re planning on attending the art walk, make Office Nomads a stop for sure!

Zahedi's "The Garden of Hope"

Zahedi's "The Garden of Hope"

A statement from the artist on his work with trash:

Behesht is the Farsi word for Paradise.  It refers to a place that is full of happiness, peace, and beauty.  In common speech, it also refers to where the soul goes after dying.  Humanity is at a fork in the road.  Looking at the injustice, war, and escalating ecological calamity in our world, it is easy to become disillusioned and to conclude that we are headed for the latter.

I am interested in exploring the possibility of beauty within everything.   The works in this series offer a vision of hope for the future of humanity. Directions can change.  We can compost the rotting fruits and plant new seeds.  We can heal what we have hurt.  We can use the very detritus of our blundering to rebuild a society which provides the conditions in which the creative nature of humanity can thrive in safety, peace and beauty.

These works are created using trash collected from streets and waste generated at my home.  I use these materials because of the powerful symbolism of transforming the trash into something beautiful.  I use natural glues, beeswax and a bit of paint to finish the work.  The imagery is inspired by the Persian miniatures and carpets I grew up with, 20th century Austrian painting and the textures and processes of nature.  I want to capture the feeling and passion of rebirth from the ashes and the joy and exhilaration of creating beauty out of ugliness.  Behesht is here;  we must only clear away the garbage.

Upcyled fire hoses

Friday, October 2, 2009

via Neatorama

World’s deepest trash can

Friday, October 2, 2009

via MAKE via Neatorama

Ramin Bahrani’s Plastic Bag

Thursday, October 1, 2009
Plastic Bag poster

Plastic Bag poster

Filmmaker Ramin Bahrani‘s short film Plastic Bag, which debuted at the Venice Film Festival, is now playing at the New York Film Festival and will soon be available online.  It’s 18 minutes long and features narration by Werner Herzog.

From Flavorwire:

Here lies the increasingly apparent message (Herzog: “I wish you had created me so I could die”) of an ecological PSA that’s still poetic and quite potent, one bolstered by Sigur Rós keyboardist Kjartan Sveinsson’s lush score. Happily, you’ll be able to watch it online in the near-future since it’s one of the 11 films that make up Futurestates, a new series commissioned by The Independent Television Service (ITVS).

This project adds to my ever-growing collection of evidence that Iranian-Americans love trash.

Trash advocates gossip

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Having lived in the US for six months now, I’ve learned that one of the big things people do here is debt, which for many leads to bankruptcy. It seems that the turn has come to the advocacy agency National Recycling Coalition (NRC, the major umbrella for people in trash and recycling), which must be in financial peril I guess, reading a report from Waste & Recycling News.

Apparently, a vote to file for Chapter 7 has been temporarily suspended, while developing a reorganization plan and negotiating with creditors. Consolidation plans and ideas for restructuring however, seem to have been going on for some while, but without success. Just a month ago, a membership vote rejected the plans to merge with Keep America Beautiful (KAB). Two weeks later, KAB announced that they had hired three former executives from NRC.

What lies behind all this we don’t really know, but if anyone does know, feel free to tip us of, in open or behind the curtains…

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