Trash doesn’t seem to be something you would make a museum for. However, there are a few of them around. The Hackensack Meadowlands in New Jersey used to have one. There was an art exhibit in Winnipeg that wanted to be a trash museum. New York has an informal one. But in Connecticut, they really do keep their trash in a museum.
The museum is sponsored by the Conneticut Resources Recovery Authority and borders a materials recovery facility (MRF). The coolest feature of the museum is a viewing deck where you can look out onto the MRF floor and watch the recyclables zipping around through sorting machines.
Ensconced elsewhere in the Trash Museum you will find the Temple of Trash, which is an attempt to convey what it feels like to be in a landfill. The temple was a large gazebo-like structure absolutely covered in garbage. Paper and plastic and metal and a million pieces of miscellany were glued or nailed to the wooden frame. Standing inside it felt a little like standing in the house of someone who’s organizational habits were seriously compromised. I think being in a landfill is a lot more soupy.
All of Dave Chamiedes‘ trash from his year-long project of keeping his waste is housed in a small cabinet in the Trash Museum. It was pretty impressive to see how people can create a very small amount of garbage.
Something very impressive we discovered at the Trash Museum was Michael Albert. Well, we didn’t actually discover the man himself: we found his art. Albert cuts the lettering out of advertisements, collages it back together and creates beautiful representations of the world around us.