Desiree:Now that you know about the “wonders of trash,” would you ever want to pursue a career working with it?
Traishaun:No, I would not, but I will recycle my garbage. I don’t like touching dirty things like food or gum.
Desiree:Do you have any new or innovative ideas about what to do with trash?
Traishaun:You should recycle every day—even on the weekends. It would be cool to make a dirt bike that runs on trash. Desiree, would you ever dig up garbage out of the water?
Desiree: I would like to if I could. It seems interesting to do. Also, I could make money with the things that I found by selling them to museums.*
Traishaun:Would you ever want to have a career where you do stuff with garbage?
Desiree: Maybe—it seems interesting and kind of fun to see what trash was like back in the old times.
* Coordinator’s Note: In this session, Neighborhood Explorers also learned about Underwater New York, an online journal that explores the stories behind objects found in New York City waterways. UNY also sometimes hosts exhibitions and events at museums.
Bilihissa:What did you think about Trashopolis?
Sade:It was very informational and fun to learn about. What did you think?
Bilihissa: It was interesting—I liked how it changed each year. What did you think about people like Alfred White, who profited from garbage?
Sade: I think he was doing the best he could. If garbage keeps piling up, what do you think would happen?
Bilihissa: I don’t know but I think that people in the city need to come together to help with this problem.