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December 31, 2007 10:39 AM   Subscribe

This guy saved all his trash for an entire year. It amounted to 96 cubic feet. Perhaps not surprisingly, his message is conservation.
posted by desjardins (22 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
96 cubic feet is a cube approximately four and a half feet on a side, not bad for a whole year.
posted by bruce at 10:51 AM on December 31, 2007


He would like to donate the trash pile to an artist.

Coming soon to your Crags List "Free" section.
posted by delmoi at 10:54 AM on December 31, 2007


That looks like about a week's worth of trash for me. Around Christmas time, I'd say it's maybe one day's worth of trash.

Maybe he's just not doing enough consuming to keep the economy flowing!

Why do you hate America? You want the terrorists to win?
posted by MythMaker at 11:00 AM on December 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


This woman saved her trash for seven years. Her message was hoarding is a mental illness.
posted by parmanparman at 11:02 AM on December 31, 2007 [2 favorites]


96 cubic feet is a cube approximately four and a half feet on a side, not bad for a whole year

Seriously, I'd be terrified to do this because of how wasteful I am (am I allowed to blame my toddler?). We probably generate 96 cubic feet a month. :(

His experiment is more how much trash is created even by someone who is trying really hard to avoid it.
posted by malphigian at 11:19 AM on December 31, 2007


MythMaker

Your post reminds me of this editorial cartoon courtesy of The Onion.

Also, what artist in their right mind will want 96 cubic feet of someone else's year-old trash?
posted by bookwo3107 at 11:23 AM on December 31, 2007


Oh god, if his most embarrassing piece of trash is twizzlers and condoms,I've got some serious cleanin' up to do.
posted by DenOfSizer at 11:28 AM on December 31, 2007


This woman saved her trash for seven years. Her message was hoarding is a mental illness.

Who invited Debbie Downer to the thread?
posted by sneakin at 11:32 AM on December 31, 2007 [3 favorites]


This is even better than the time I declared that I wasn't taking the recycling out of the kitchen because it was "installation art." I was just ahead of my time.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 11:54 AM on December 31, 2007


Who could know we were so ahead of our time grapefruitmoon. And to think the gallery owners (landlord) wanted the whole thing out by friday or they would be pressing charges.
posted by nola at 12:00 PM on December 31, 2007


I used to have a girldfriend that my friends called Trash. Is that a bad thing?
posted by Postroad at 12:01 PM on December 31, 2007


In other news: Man who lives in home filled with garbage can't find dates. News at 11.

Seriously though, I'm in the middle of purging crap from my place, and I probably have that much garbage just from what I sifted through in my garage this weekend.
posted by miss lynnster at 12:02 PM on December 31, 2007


I was somewhat grossed out by this project until I learned that he composted all of the organic stuff. I don't understand why he saved the recyclables if his message is conservation; would they otherwise be "waste?" I'd have saved only non-recyclable plastic packaging...or, more likely, dismissed the project as a silly idea inspired by drink.

Still, since the "ick" factor is gone, I'm curious about the rents in his area. If you can spare a room for your trash, perhaps the market's due for an adjustment.
posted by Epenthesis at 12:15 PM on December 31, 2007


Postroad: Did you take her out?
posted by desjardins at 12:17 PM on December 31, 2007


By the way, we cleaned the house this weekend, and between having neglected it for far too long, and the recent holidays, I bet we beat the pants off this guy. In our defense (?), I bought him a big honkin' gas grill for Christmas, and each part was individually wrapped in both plastic and cardboard.

That just gave me an interesting-but-creepy idea for a photo essay: pictures of people's post-holiday trash at the curb. Next year, I guess.
posted by desjardins at 12:20 PM on December 31, 2007


In other news: Man who lives in home filled with garbage can't find dates. News at 11.

I'd hit it.

(no, really, I find this kind of intimidating but very attractive!)

Sorry Jessamyn.
posted by Stewriffic at 12:38 PM on December 31, 2007


I used to have a girldfriend that my friends called Trash. Is that a bad thing?
If she amounted to 96 cubic feet, then quite possibly yes.
posted by Wolfdog at 1:10 PM on December 31, 2007


That looks like about a week's worth to me.

Because we tend to order a lot of things online, we have an inordinate amount of packaging waste to get rid of. In our backwards community, they don't collect recycling, so it all goes in the landfill.
posted by maxwelton at 2:14 PM on December 31, 2007


Too bad it wasn't 80 cubic feet of trash.
posted by Tube at 4:16 PM on December 31, 2007


How many cubic feet is she, Postroad?
posted by porpoise at 7:21 PM on December 31, 2007


I don't understand why he saved the recyclables if his message is conservation; would they otherwise be "waste?"

Reduce, reuse, recycle... in that order. Energy- and resource-wise recycling is just one stage above landfill.
posted by pompomtom at 2:52 PM on January 1, 2008


My boyfriend just told me he and his friend tried the same experiment a few years in college. All they realized at the end of the year was that they were amazed at how much gum they chewed and chuckled at some of the things they wrote.
posted by nangsta at 7:58 PM on January 1, 2008


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