The Trash Blog



365 Days of Trash  On January 1st, 2008, Dave Chameides began keeping all the recycling and garbage he generated. He stored all the waste in his basement for a whole year, keeping a blog about his experiences. He continues to update the blog with interesting materials related to garbage.

The Clean Bin Project Jen Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwin attempted to produce as little waste as possible for one year. Beginning on July 1st, 2008, they committed to buying no more stuff and producing zero landfill waste for one year. In addition to keeping a blog about their experiences, they produced a movie: The Clean Bin Project. They continue to update their blog.

Discard Studies  An excellent approach to waste from academic perspectives. The website covers a vast array of issues related to waste, but I was particularly impressed with their book list and the many professors who have uploaded their syllabi.  This blog begins with garbage and ends up discussing pretty much everything. Written by Leila Darabi, has been tracking life through garbage since 2006.

My Plastic Free Life  A website about everything plastic and how to live without it. Beth Terry is the woman behind the blog and the website is quite extensive.

That’s Not a Trash Can. Now it Is!  A guy named Andrew Wright is documenting many instances of people putting their trash where it you wouldn’t expect. Not updated terribly often, but he keeps it current and it’s exactly what it says it is.

Things I Find in the Garbage  The blog of Montrealer Martin Gregory, who does a pretty splendid job of binning, fishing things out of the garbage, and putting them to use, giving them away, or selling them.

Unconsumption  This tumbler bills itself as ‘Your daily source of inspiration for creative reuse and mindful consumption.’ They keep it updated pretty regularly and you’ll find a wide variety of very brief articles.


Arcata Marsh is a project of the City of Arcata where natural marshes are used to filter the city’s wastewater to State of California standards. More.

East Jesus pretty much can’t be summed up: sculptures near the squatter town of Slab City, comprised primarily of found items and garbage. Some of them are pretty astounding. More.

GAIA (Global Anti-Incinerator Alliance, or the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives) provide information, community, and connections for municipalities, community organizations, and other groups concerned about incinerators. More.

G Fred Lee and Associates provide landfill design and analysis expertise for communities and businesses.  More.

Psalter Farm is a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) near San Diego, they grow really awesome vegetables and have chickens, too. More.

Recology is a waste disposal company located in San Francisco. They are known for their compost facilities as well as their artist-in-residence program. More.

Urban Ore recycles materials ranging from toilets, tubs, windows, and other building materials to bicycles, stickers, books, and freaky manikins. Their store has been a fixture in downtown Berkeley since the 1980s. More.


Duck Truck provides composting services and education in and around Hamden, CT. In addition the team at Duck Truck are outstanding human beings. More.

Keep America Beautiful is a non-profit that has made a big name for itself by promoting litter-control and, more recently, recycling. They are most famous for their “Crying Indian” campaign. This organization is very big. More.

The Trash Museum houses many exhibits about waste and waste practices in the US, including Dave Chameides’ personal garbage, and the art of Michael Albert. The Trash Museum is located at the CRRA recycling facility in Hartford. More.

Urbanminers is a deconstruction business founded by Joe DeRisi. In addition to deconstructing homes and doing salvaging materials from remodels, Urbanminers has a warehouse-retail store where you can find some incredible things.


EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is the federal agency that most often comes up in connection with waste issues in the US. Their website can be a good source for the original text of laws and regulations, as well as some reports. More.

ISRI (Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries) is an industry association for members of the scrap recycling industry provides information about scrap markets and laws. More.

SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North America) hosts an annual conference about waste, WASTECON, and is an industry association for members of the solid waste industry. More.


Bio Hazard Services Inc. specializes in biohazard clean-up including accidental death, suicide, crime scenes and hoarder houses. Operated by T C Griffin. More.

New Mexico

Earthship Biotecture creates magnificent and wonderful buildings that are self-supporting and sustainable. Led by architect Michael Reynolds, the Earthships are built out of reclaimed items such as tires and bottles and are some of the most stunning structures imaginable. More.

New York

CHEJ (Center for Health, Environment, and Justice) began as the Citizen’s Clearinghouse for Hazardous Waste and was started by Lois Gibbs in response to the Love Canal mess. Now they speak about a range of environmental topics, including many waste topics. More.

WTERT (the Waste to Energy Research and Technology Council) gets the award for the most awkward acronym (I still don’t understand why they C doesn’t count). WTERT researches emissions and waste disposal methods, and is often involved with the State of Garbage reports put out by BioCycle. More.

North Carolina

American Wasteland is the blog and book of Jonothan Bloom. He has written extensively about food waste and at his website you will find this information as well as a great many tips on how to reduce your own food waste. More.

Bryant Holsenbeck creates art out of found and reclaimed articles, many of which are perceived as waste by society, from plastic bottle waterfalls to bottle cap mandalas to woodland creatures come to life out of scraps. She also keeps a blog called The Last Straw. More.

ReSpace Design Competition challenges participants to design a transportable studio space that will be constructed using only reused materials. Founded by Joel Lubell, the competition selects one design that gets constructed in a 48-hour build and then auctioned off. More.

The Reuse Warehouse offers a large selection of reused building materials, a sawmill that can cut custom lumber from reclaimed wood, and a great design studio that custom builds furniture. A partner with the Reuse People of America.

Tilthy Rich Composting offers door-to-door bicycle compost collection in the Durham area. If you haven’t got a place to do your own composting, let Tilthy Rich zip over to you on their bikes and collect your food scraps for composting.


Washed Ashore creates larger than life sculptures of aquatic life out of plastic debris that washes ashore on Pacific Coast beaches. Founded by Angela Haseltine Pozzi, Washed Ashore has exhibited across the nation and is based out of Bandon, Oregon. More.

Vancouver, BC

The Hackery is a computer repair shop in East Vancouver that also does electronics recycling. More.

Our Social Fabric recycles waste textiles from industry and commercial sources and holds sales of the fabric out of a storage unit in Vancouver. More.

United We Can is a non-profit bottle depot in downtown Vancouver, originally founded by a group of binners. More.


Cedar Grove provides composting services to the City of Seattle as well as several other municipalities in Washington. Cedar Grove is one of the largest commercial composting facilities on the west coast. More.

Pat Tassoni makes incredible lamps and other structures out of found metals like hub-caps, ducting, and whatever else he can find. More.

Ruby Reusable is an artist based in Olympia, Washington, who specializes in making beautiful and interesting sculptures out of the many bits of nameless plastic that we discard throughout our daily lives. More.

Seadrunar operates a recycling facility in Seattle and is connected to a treatment center. Many of the people who are staying at the treatment center find work at the Seadrunar recycling plant. More.

Seattle Tilth educates people in the fine art of composting, gardening, and other things green. More.

Zoo Doo is a program at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle where they compost zoo animal poop. More.


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