Today we staged a photo for an infographic that is getting published in the upcoming issue of The Voice, a magazine that is distributed to Carleton alumni across the country and the world.
All the items you see were found in landfill receptacles in Burton. We skimmed a few notable items from each floor then assembled them in a single photo.
The items are assembled to illustrate the wasteful behavior of students, and also their lack of discretion when it comes to segregating compostables and recyclables.
|An altar to waste|
Ridiculed Trash MongersToday as the trash crew was doing their rounds on the East side, Jackson was busy assembling a display of wasted items on the front lawn of Burton Hall. It was a beautiful day, the lawn was an immaculate green, and conspicuously strewn with what appeared to be garbage and an overturned landfill receptacle. Here was this crazy kid with a radio and blue nitrile gloves on raking through the garbage on the front lawn. A trash monger. Trustees and alumni walked by with their children, enjoying a morning walk through the campus whose waste had now become an opportunity for adventure.
I have never felt so insane crazy before. The various Carls passing me by were totally estranged. They did not ask questions. They avoided my gaze and did not venture a smile. People I am acquainted with, friends even, passed me by without acknowledging how much fun could be had with their almost-lost goods.
Until this day I have never felt so conspicuous and so ignored at the same time. It was a true test of my commitment to pursuing waste related issues, and to my identity as a TRASH MONGER.