Dumps. Landfills. Midden (in the olden days). Why did anyone ever think it would be a good idea to throw all of our garbage in one big pile? Organic and inorganic matter mixed together with toxic chemicals, mixed with still useful building materials and furniture, mixed with "outdated" electronics and EVERYTHING else you can imagine. Within this subtopic of the website you will find upcycling innovations related to landfills and dumps. These heaps of "refuse" are now an indelible part of our lives, but how might we begin to salvage, reuse and even generate energy from the trash piled in landfills. Learn about garbage pickers in many parts of the world who make their living from salvaging useful things out of dumps; get ideas for how to make landfills more accessible to those interested in constructing out of waste; and explore the possibility that one day dumps and landfills may no longer be the only way of getting "rid of" our trash.
Moretown Landfill to Make Electricity
By Wilson Ring Associated Press Writer / September 9, 2008
MORETOWN, Vt.—Vermont's second largest landfill is building what would become...
Visiting La Colonia RenacimientoLast Updated on 2011-10-09 at 17:20This week I visited the dump. For all of my big talk about how much I love garbage and have a passion for trash, I am ashamed to say that I haven't been to a landfill since I was... More »
Eco-Casas en el Basurero de OaxacaLast Updated on 2011-10-09 at 17:16These are shots taken by SiKanda and friends during their recent collaboration with Techamos la Mano Oaxaca and other civil organizations in the city of Oaxaca. The purpose was... More »
Waste to Wealth TourLast Updated on 2011-10-09 at 15:45Conserve India is an industrious upcycling business formerly based in Delhi, but now located in Bahadurgarh, Haryana, India. The Upcycling Portal posted an article about their... More »
Pam Longobardi, coastal HeroLast Updated on 2010-02-20 at 08:23 Time and attention get way too fragmented if you're not careful, especially in the Facebook Era. So I'm gonna protect my time and attention and just give you the link to a... More »
The Story of Stuff gets BASHED Last Updated on 2009-10-02 at 11:32Oh . . . I'm so mad I don't even know where to begin!!! Last week a friend of mine told me that this guy named Glenn Beck (who I suppose is some sort of Rush Limbaughian type) ran... More »
EVERYBODY Overwhelmed by RUBBISHLast Updated on 2009-08-04 at 16:14Several months ago I clicked on a link in an e-mail entitled: “World Overwhelmed by Rubbish.” Up popped a photo essay from the Guardian UK that was actually entitled:... More »