Delhi Trash

Last month I took my first trip to Delhi. I must say, I was surprised by the level of trash (compared to Bengaluru) on the streets. I also liked the tricycle carts used for carrying both recyclables and mixed waste to their destination. There were lots of bins around town, though all that I saw had … More Delhi Trash

Hyderabad

Last week my husband and I went to Hyderabad for a few days. He had a conference to attend so we got to stay in a swanky hotel. While he was at meetings, I got to see the city. We were staying in the Cyberabad area and most of my sight-seeing was in the older … More Hyderabad

Spot the Batteries

This week my Garbology 101 students began to learn about e-waste. We did a little exercise which asked them to colour in all the objects on the page that require batteries to operate. It was interesting to see what they missed. Most of them didn’t pay attention to what was outside the window. Not everyone noticed … More Spot the Batteries

e-waste

Probably the most difficult aspect of waste that I’ve encountered is e-waste. At home I’ve been collecting e-waste for 2 years (fortunately it’s very little: mostly batteries and CFL light bulbs) largely because I didn’t know how to dispose of it properly. The same thing is true at school where I’ve been collecting for myself … More e-waste

Reading trash

Before I moved to India, I had to get rid of a lot of my books. It just cost too much to ship them. But there were also some books I wanted to read in the coming months. Although I had never imagined I’d be one of those people with a Kindle or a Nook, … More Reading trash

Garbage art

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. I’ve seen some very interesting depictions of garbage in the past few months, many of which tell the story of the things we throw “away”. The first is from artist Chris Jordan’s series Running the Numbers. He has made some very provocative pieces, each of which figures a … More Garbage art