Category Archives: 07. recycling revisited

k. Dumpster Diving


Dr. Miltin Saier, Planet Green; San Diego, USA
2008, 2 min 30 sec

Dr. Milton Saier is a professor at the University of California, San Diego. He saves over 10.000 dollars a year getting his food from dumpsters. Get a crash course in dumpster diving from this accomplished biology professor who demonstrates the lifestyle of a freegan. Freeganism is a movement that minimizes waste by using what we already have. They believe in minimal participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources. The food is collected out of dumpsters of retailers, residences, offices and restaurants. They follow some common sense ground rules about food safety and end up with plenty of perfectly edible free food. Blemishes on our Sell-By-Date laws ensure that a criminal amount of edible food is placed in the dumpster every day. This is not just for freaks or homeless people. Meet an employed college professor who’s been doing this for 30 years and teaching his students to follow suit.

l. Matthew Coolidge at the Mitchell Center


The Center for Land Use Interpretation ; Houston, USA
2008, 7 min 12 sec

The Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI) is a research organization established in1994 in Culver City, Los Angeles by Matthew Coolidge, examining
the relationships between the physical landscape and its human occupation, taking on the role of the impartial expert relating an ‘objective’ view, a wry stance that allows them to highlight the problematic relationships between the economy and land-use and their impacts on the environment.

This is carried out through an investigation into different land uses, their ownership, and the economic and cultural value associated with parts of the landscape. CLUI raise awareness and stimulate debate about the physical landscape, from vast working factories to abandoned military facilities or sewage treatment works and waste incinerators. Their research uncovers the variety of unusual and often environmentally catastrophic uses that support the lifestyle that we are used to in developed countries.


m. $H*T!


Annika Gustafson and Phil Jandaly, Bedouin Viking Production; Kibera, Kenya
2012, 3 min 37 sec

Everybody does it – nobody talks about it. $H*T! follows radical solutions that turn human waste into green energy. From the bottom of the poverty ladder to the heights of power, $H*T! shows a transformation in thinking, where human waste is not a problem, it’s a resource. Human waste is a universal reality few want to talk about, but the truth is – it’s a killer. In the West, under-dimensioned and decaying sewage systems leak straight into our basements and rivers. In some places, the system has already collapsed, contaminating water sources so that drinking water has to be trucked in.

Almost 40% of the world’s population have no access to any kind of sanitation. That’s 2.6 billion people who have no choice but to do their business in the open, posing the single largest threat to drinking water and public health on the planet. But what if all that human waste wasn’t a threat? What if it could save the planet?

$H*T! is an international wake-up call for changing our attitudes to how we deal with our own waste. It’s a character driven film that offers solutions who can turn this deadly problem into the resource it is. A resource that can provide energy and clean fertilizer, all while cutting down on fossil fuel and CO2 emissions in the process.