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TrashWiki

Some people are a whole lot more creative than me. And some people are a whole lot more thrifty. And some people are creative and thrifty. Those people all seem to be posting on TrashWiki.

TrashWiki is just what the name says – a site written by and for those interested in trash. It’s geared towards dumpster divers and freegans (and if you are like me, and don’t know what a ‘freegan’ is, it’s someone who strives for minimal participation in the ‘traditional (money-based?) economy’ by acquiring things for free).

People don’t seem to post so much about trash facts or processes; for example, there is no entry about composting or incineration. The focus is more practical – where and how to find free stuff wherever you are. Many people have created maps of dumpsters in cities around the world, with tips on how to get into those dumpsters (seems like these maps are an incredibly time consuming labor of love… trash love).

Here's a map of some of the dumpsters in Austin, TX. Useful to cut down on costs during our next visit there... this website is the cheap traveler's paradise!

Here’s a map of some of the dumpsters in Austin, TX. Useful to cut down on costs during our next visit there (not that we have anything planned, but you never know when you’ll want some free Haagen-Dazs when you’re in Austin, and I like to be prepared)… this website is the cheap traveler’s paradise!

Other posts feature pictures of fabulous finds made while dumpster diving (I’m assuming this is to make you jealous, or else to inspire you to throw away something awesome so that others can find it).

Quite the find in a Norwegian dumpster. Perhaps someone had turned over a new leaf in life...? Picture by Astikain.

Quite the find in a Norwegian dumpster. Perhaps someone had turned over a new leaf in life…? Picture by Astikain.

Other posts feature cool things made out of salvaged materials.

This is an example of a post from someone a lot more creative than me - birdhouses out of discarded VHS tapes. Picture by Guaka.

This is an example of a post from someone a lot more creative than me – birdhouses out of discarded VHS tapes. Picture by Guaka.

The site seems pretty ‘Europe heavy’ – maybe we have a lot of kindred spirits on the other side of the pond.

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This entry was written by Margaret and published on August 10, 2014 at 6:46 pm. It’s filed under Re-Use and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

4 thoughts on “TrashWiki

  1. Uncle Chris on said:

    Well, I will quiz you about this when your child is three. . . . HA!

  2. Somehow, me thinks Candice won’t be using the Austin map.

  3. cjwild2014 on said:

    trashwiki? really, now I have to check it out!

  4. Hey man, nice article. In my journey around the world, I have discovered trashwiki. Treasure for me. So I promote it as much as possible. I have written an article for Czech people, at least…

    http://mariojeborec.blogspot.fr/2014/10/41-den-trashwiki.html

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