Entries from Down Chicago’s Drain tagged with 'garbage'

Ye Olde Time Rubbish Dump

WBEZ does an analysis of century-old data about garbage collection in the city of Chicago. The article has interesting graphs comparing the amount of consumer waste produced in 1905 to the present day. But its also a interesting glimpse...

Dreaming of Garbage

On Saturday I attended a screening of the film Garbage Dreams at the Chicago Cultural Center. The film is a gentle portrait of three young men who are learning the traditional garbage collecting trade of the Zaballeen, the waste...

Cairo's Trash Collectors

Margaret sends this link to a photo essay about the trash collectors of Cairo. The Zabaleen, or "Garbage People" in Arabic, are a sort of lower caste who perform the vital task of removing much of the city's detritus....

Blue Bags Dumped

At last, Chicago is giving up on its failed Blue Bag recycling program. Since 1995 the city has placed recyclables in blue garbage bags, which are collected with regular household garbage and only separated at garbage transfer stations. After being...