The NYT magazine has an amazing photo essay up on the computer waste trade in the Agbogbloshie slum of Accra, Ghana.
Look out hipsters, dumpster pools have gone mainstream—for several Saturdays this summer, the city is closing off part of Park Ave so that people can swim in pools made from old trash receptacles. While Vic and I did lament not getting invited to take a dip in one last summer when we kept hearing about hidden pools in Brooklyn, I can’t imagine anything less fun than stripping down to a swim suit and aqua dumpster diving with strangers on Park Ave. A for effort, though, New York City.
via Green Picks blog (thanks for the tip, Brendan!)
Rolando Politi, spiritual leader of the Yanbuki trash worshippers, recently organized a trip to the utopian neithborhood of Christiania, Copenhagen.
An email summary of events states:
to all world yanbukis, here are the links for the kappo tour and ceremony from this july.
Findings: they never thought about collecting and cleaning and repackaging caps and lids before KAPPO was introduced.
Future: great potential for a bottom up start up of cap enterprise anywhere in the world!
hungry people and redeemers and also creatives should contact [recycleandpray AT gmail DOT com] for more details and know how.
The Trash Worship Network
expanding trash spirituality for ten years and going
U.S. military bases in Afghanistan (the site of that war to the right of Iraq, just past Iran) generate a lot of trash—tons in fact. That trash is burned and generates a lot of smoke which is making U.S. service men and women as well as military rent-a-soldiers from big outsourcing companies ill. Those soldiers are now suing. The Washington Post reports:
In a lawsuit in federal court in Maryland, 241 people from 42 states are suing Houston-based contractor Kellogg Brown & Root, which has operated more than two dozen so-called burn pits in the two countries. The burn pits were used to dispose of plastic water bottles, Styrofoam food containers, mangled bits of metal, paint, solvent, medical waste, even dead animals. The garbage was tossed in, doused with fuel and set on fire.
For more details, such as lovely descriptions of the stuff the affected soldiers have been coughing up and other side effects of toxic exposure, click here. Be sure also to click through the haunting photo timeline beginning way back in 2001 and full of haunting images and once-familiar faces like Rummy and Powell.
In China, following serious flooding, several cities are now under threat from large islands of trash blocking water flows, potentially causing more flooding. In the city of Baishan, a 160,000 square feet trash island has parked under a bridge. If this floating monument of weirdness isn’t cleared soon, the bridge might collapse, according to the Straits Times.
The Guardian has a picture and a fuller story on the threat at the Three Gorges dam. One can only hope that Chinese authorities have the boldness to rewrite the crisis plan for things-to-do-when-a-flood-comes to include some more garbage workers upstream. Then again, as per usual, the amount of trash to begin with is the problem.