The Log

Stay Safe

Saturday, March 14, 2020 

Hi Garbage Friends,

I’m taking a hiatus from picking up trash until the threat of the Coronavirus has lessened.

Stay safe and be well!


Day 9: Garbage, Garbage Everywhere

Sunday, March 8, 2020 

Filled up the bag on a single street

Time Spent: 32 minutes 

Miles clocked: 0.89 miles 

Most Common Piece of Garbage: Giant water bottles, fast food packaging, and beer bottles

Most Interesting: A mattress brochure that had the branding of a romance novel  

Memorable Human Interactions:

None today, but I did spot a dead possum on the side of the road (RIP) 

Day 8: My Garbage Runneth Over
Sunday, March 1, 2020

Round I: full of gloves

Time Spent: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Miles clocked: 1.9 miles

Most Common Piece of Garbage: 

Napkins, Cheetos bags, food packaging. One street filled up a whole bag of garbage, so I went back for a round II.

Most Interesting: An odd amount of plastic gloves today. Five total. Someone’s missing a partner. 

Memorable Human Interactions: 

“That’s awesome! Thank you!”

-Woman walking a dog

Bonus: Meeting a family of fellow garbage collectors, who shared memorable find stories

Round II: full of food packaging and regrets*
*assumed, but probably real

Day 7: Who Had a Party (and Forgot to Invite Me)?

Saturday, February 22, 2020

I could be wrong, but I think this looks artsy 

Time Spent: 45 minutes

Miles clocked: 1.3 miles 

Most Common Piece of Garbage: So many bottles of beer today, what party happened? Why was I not invited? 

Most Interesting: A Hardee’s milkshake with only the whipped cream left. Sitting on a fire extinguisher. Classy. 

Memorable Human Interactions: 


-Man in truck

Day 6: How Does a Sink/Fridge Work?

Monday, February 10, 2020 

I’m running out of artistic ways to shoot a garbage bag

Time Spent: 40 minutes

Miles clocked:  0.87 mile

Most Common Piece of Garbage: Napkins, plastic wrap, and newspapers

Most Interesting: A tiny sticky note with the words, “How does a sink/fridge work?” We’ve all been there. 

Memorable Human Interactions: 

“Hey. HEY!” (gives thumbs up gesture) 

-Man on street

“Are you picking up trash from the street? Thank you!”

-Woman with dog

“Oh yes!” (give OK sign) 

-Older woman who I’ve seen before 

Day 5: Bring Your Mom to Garbage Collection Day

Saturday, February 1, 2020 

A full bag of garbage is next to godliness

Time Spent: 35 minutes 

Miles clocked: 1 mile

Most Common Piece of Garbage: gum wrappers, fast food packaging (as always)

Mom’s shot of me in my fanny pack and garbage gear

Most Interesting: 2 lighters 

Memorable Human Interactions: 

“You’re picking up garbage? Something something something…”

-Woman in car driving away

“People always throw trash on this street. Thank you!”

-Woman who lives on a busy street

Day 4: Don’t Believe the Rumors, Wet Garbage is Not as Glamorous as it Seems

Friday, January 17, 2020

Wet garbage = heavier and smellier than usual

Time Spent: 42 minutes

Miles clocked:  1.1 miles

Most Common Piece of Garbage: Broken glass, receipts, napkins (can we stop with the napkins, people?)

Most Interesting: Ads for a cleaning service called Tidy (ironic), a surgeon’s warning for a package of cigarettes (foreboding) 

Memorable Human Interactions: 

“Hey girl!” (gives thumbs up sign) 

Man on balcony

Are you picking up paper? I was going to, but I’m wearing gloves…” 

-Woman feeling guilty

“That’s nice of you!”

-Man passing by in car

Day Three: Picking up Garbage Is Old Hat(s)

Sunday, January 12, 2020 

Time Spent: 32 minutes

Miles clocked: 1.1 miles

Most Common Piece of Garbage: Fast food packaging, napkins

Most Interesting: a collection of old hats: two baseball caps and a dirty visor

Memorable Human Interactions: 

“Thank you so much!”

-Man on phone (presumably to me)

“Are you just cleaning up garbage to be a good citizen? Thank you!”

-Woman walking a big dog

They know what they did

Day Two: Criminal Activity

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Time Spent: 1 hour, 8 min

Miles clocked: 1.61  

Most Common Piece of Garbage: Napkins

Most Interesting: A mattress tag (should I report a crime?), a novelty pink headband, and a dirty purse

Memorable Human Interactions: 

“You picking up street garbage? Thank you!”

-Late 20s guy

Mother and baby garbage bag

Day One: In the Beginning

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Time Spent: 2 hours

Miles clocked: 1.9 

Most Common Piece of Garbage: McDonald’s packaging and Halloween candy wrappers

Most Interesting: A pregnancy test and goldenrod screenplay paper that was blank other than the words TRUTH written on it. Whoa. Let that metaphor sink in.

Memorable Human Interactions: 

“Looks like you’ve got your work cut out for you.”

-Middle-aged man walking a dog

“Thanks for doing that!”

-Middle-aged man jogging
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