The Seattle Trash Tracking Project

7/25/2016

The Seattle Trash Tracking Project

Have you ever wondered what happens to your trash after you put it in your bin and wheel it to the curb?   Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Waste Management Inc. performed a study to get new insights into that question.

The Seattle trash tracking project was designed to track what actually happens to trash once it enters the waste stream.   Battery powered tags were attached to a variety of items that were thrown into household waste containers.   The tags used GPS and cellular technology to report their current locations.   Some of the tagged items found their final destination in a few days, while others traveled a long distance over many weeks. 

Something to consider when purchasing a new item:   Can it be reused or disposed of responsibly when I'm done with it?   

For more information on the Seattle trash project visit:

[1] http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/17/science/earth/17trash.html

[2] http://senseable.mit.edu/trashtrack/index.php?id=1

Tags: electronics recycling, eWaste, Trash

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