Screw Convenience: A Year of Weighing Trash (but what is trash?)


Among other things, I spent the past year intimately exploring trash. This exploration pivots around one simple task: weighing and graphing my compostable food waste, recyclables and trash. Utilizing a 52 lb. digital postal scale, I categorized Compost, Recycling (glass, metal, plastic, paper), and non-recyclable Trash.

Such a surgical approach forces one to analyze and reevaluate the construction of the immediate environment. Finally, I am left with considering in excruciating detail what exactly constitutes trash. Why, when and how does something become trash?

kasey goltra


I explore trash, consumption and the construction of personal environments. When not playing with trash, I work as a community organizer for