The Dumpster

Come on in and make yourself comfortable in our fully furnished 33 square foot house. Did we mention it’s a dumpster? While the project could have been centered around a large cargo container or a tiny house, we decided on the dumpster. A dumpster is the perfect symbol to present themes on waste and consumption in an engaging way. It’s weird. It’s fun. It gets the wheels of imagination turning.

Year 1

Over the course of the first year we transformed the dumpster from a rusty, dirty waste receptacle, to a bare camping box, to a rust-proofed box, until we made our first major interior change and added the false floor. We’ve been through a few design refreshed, wired up the dumpster with sensors that are streaming dumpster conditions. See them here. We changed the roof to help with the leaks, and after 6 months we connected to the grid and installed air conditioning. 

What’s next?
Our design process is iterative. We are working on the n… Read More


The Dumpster Project invites learners of all ages to rethink sustainability through the quirky task of turning a dumpster into a home. As we investigate the impacts of modern life, we will learn how a happy healthy (dumpster) home can help us have a happy healthy planet. The playful and imaginative tone of the Dumpster Project is integral to our educational mission. Our education program, the Dumpster Project ‘Home’ School has three components:

Home School Residency Program


Do you know a teacher who wants to seriously inspire his or her students to learn about sustainability? Nothing says commitment quite like staying in our dumpster home for a few nights! Educators can spend a night (or more!) in the dumpster through our Residency Program. We will help you plan … Read More


15 x 27 cm
I found a dead bird on the street one day. It was run over by something. I know that because of its flatness, the kind achieved almost exclusively by being run over by something. Maybe it was this flatness that made me think of this dead bird as collage material, but in any case, I kept it. I put it in an envelope that I wrote ‘DEAD BIRD’ on. Many months later I opened that envelope. You know, it is amazing how long a flat dead bird can retain its unpleasant odor.
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Available in varying sizes and for varying durations, a dumpster rental provides you with a sizable receptacle capable of containing every type of garbage. Not only does renting a dumpster help you save from packing your car packed with rubbish and making numerous trips to the dump, it also enables you to handle junk of all kinds. Saving you time and allowing you to handle garbage large and small, a dumpster rental Downingtown PA service is a good choice for:

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