The Trash Museums of New England

July 17, 2009 at 8:25 am | Posted in News | 1 Comment

trashosaurusConnecticut has two garbage museums! Operated by the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, the Hartford Trash Museum and the Stratford Garbage Museum aim to illustrate how much the average person throws away and how much of that so-called “trash” could be rescued, repurposed and reused.

At the Hartford space, 6,500 square feet of educational exhibits include “the Temple of Trash.”

According to the Stratford Star, “Greeting visitors at the door [of the Stratford space] is Trash-o-saurus, a ton of items recovered by a Pennsylvania artist to represent waste generated by a person each year.” Nearby, “two cones represent the amount of raw material needed to produce soda cans. The amount of recycled cans is dwarfed by the sizable cone representing the quantity of raw bauxite that would have to be mined for the same yield. The recycling process itself remains a large draw. On one side of a window-lined walkway, trucks and payloaders move piles of empty plastic bottles and aluminum cans some 20 feet tall. On the other side, conveyor belts ferry materials past workers who sort the items by category.” Also, according to the CRRA’s website, “Guests can walk through a giant compost pile.” Freaky!

Check out strategies for keeping the place open at the Save the Stratford, CT Garbage Museum blog.

The museums are seeking donations — of cash, not trash.

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