Tracking Our Trash

Where the heck does my trash go? If you’ve ever had that thought, you’ll be interested in Trash Track.

This MIT project aims to map the travels of our day-to-day household trash using GPS and “CDMA cell-tower trilateration.” As you can see in the image tracking Seattle-based waste, our garbage has a complicated journey to its final resting or recycling place.

It’s unclear if the Trash Track project has an agenda or goal, but simply raising awareness will allow us to draw our own conclusions. Given the maps, it would seem that creating less trash is a pretty sound goal.

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