Wednesday, March 14, 2012

TRASH!

In the field of sustainability, waste removal is an enormous issue.  Our modern, consumer-based society generates an enormous amount of waste, from plastic packaging to used electronics.  There are a number of different methods for dealing with trash, from biogas plants of landfills. 

Like any place, Copenhagen has its own history of waste removal.  The city is small, but in 2009 Copenhageners threw away 1 million tons of garbage.  So where does all this trash go?

 A current exhibit at the Museum of Copenhagen deals with this question.  The exhibit, “Trash!” charts the history of trash in Copenhagen, from old landfills in the 1800s to current ways to reuse trash. 

 

Though the historical elements were interesting, I was the most intrigued by the sections on modern ways to reuse trash. 

Some fly homes by a local artist to provide a “house” for the city’s flies. 

A section on dumpster diving.  You could climb into a dumpster and pretend to scavenge for food.  Luckily, they’d cleaned it out so it didn’t smell!

A map of where to dumpster dive in Copenhagen.

Some photos of the amount of garbage a family generates over a year.  Kind of shocking, no? 

 

Clearly, waste disposal is a major issue for a small city like Copenhagen.  The exhibit, however, creates some awareness and aims to educate viewers about reducing consumption.  It’s up until the end of July, so check it out if you’re in Copenhagen!