Trash Trip

Exploring waste, from coast to coast.

Open Waters

| August 16, 2009

Just a quick update, because internet access is a little iffy out at sea. . . I’m traveling west and north, on the brigantine Kaisei – a tall-mast ship with Ocean Voyages Institute. We’re over 1,000 miles from nearest land, taking a short swim break in the deep waters. The crew of 25 are enjoying […]

Capturing the Plastic Vortex

| August 3, 2009

OMG, I am so excited! Over the past few days, I was in the process of updating my files to post new pictures and stories from my travels through Oregon and northern California. I gathered at least 9 interviews in about one week! However, as of this afternoon, I am now crewing aboard the Kaisei […]

Make My Brown Bin Blue

| July 27, 2009

A short but busy day in the Ashland-Central Point areas of Jackson County. During my trip here, I now know that Jackson County is an active county – when it comes to many things! From Shakespeare to Recyclables – there is a lot of active participation, and it shows! I did one interview today, with […]

Meet Me at the Fair

| July 27, 2009

Today, I went to the fair. Not to see who won the best-in-class or blue ribbon for their cow, pig, or goat (the horse competition was finished); instead, and to no one’s surprise here, I wanted to see how the trash was handled. This event definitely contends for a ribbon of some color, for a […]

Catching Up – Almost

| July 25, 2009

More pictures, videos, and maps are now posted! I am still gathering interviews, over 24 now, for my eventual podcast… yes, it’s taking a lot longer to get to it. I am rushing my way to L.A. these days, to get there in time for the RAM L.A. Clinic which starts August 11th. Otherwise, I’d […]

Zero Geek – Waste Free

| July 25, 2009

Today I got in two interviews: Jil Zilligen at Zero Waste Alliance and Alison Briggs at Free Geek. Before, in between, and after, I got lost and discovered parts of Portland! I got a tidbit of statistics from the Free Geek bulletin board, which I found interesting. . . 2008-2009 Statistics 15,000 total refurbishings 1,000 […]

Chips n’ Bits

| July 24, 2009

The other day, I was looking for a pouch to use for holding my receipts. While walking the aisles in Target, I ended up in the “Going Back to School” section, where they had a display of pencil holders – of all types, shapes, and colors. That’s where I found the “TerraCycle Chip Bag Pencil […]

Pay-Per or Plastic – The Hot Seattle Debate

| July 21, 2009

I noticed in the news last week and today that the pay-per-bag debate has hit another high: opponents to the $0.20/bag fee have pumped an additional $500,000 into their campaign efforts to stop efforts to “ban the bag.” Well, actually, it’s not banning the bag – it’s having people take direct/financial responsibility for their impact […]


| July 20, 2009

Well, I had other plans for the last few days, which did not include 2 days of recovering from a corrupt hard drive(!) In short, it was techno-resuscitation. I saved all of the files and I am mostly back on track – a couple of days later than desired. Then, today, I received my final […]

E-Cycle Washington

| July 16, 2009

Todays travels took me to one transfer station, one university, and one e-cycle drop-off station. In all, a good day! I also stopped to search for the WA Adopt-a-Highway program. In total, I have one more interview in the mix, ten more pictures, and three silly videos to watch (of the transfer station, mostly) – […]