MoJo Audio: Dave Chameides

What happens when you store a year’s worth of trash in your basement?

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To hear the audio podcast of MoJo‘s interview with Dave Chameides, click below:

Meet Dave Chameides, a 39-year-old father of two and Hollywood cameraman whose work includes Donnie Darko, Will and Grace, and The West Wing. Since January, Chameides has not thrown away any of his trash—he has cataloged and stored all of it in his basement. What accumulates is whatever can’t be reused, recycled, composted, or fed to the worms. For the average American—who generates 4.6 pounds of waste each day—this could be a messy experiment. But as Chameides blogs on 365 Days of Trash and SustainableDave, it’s possible to live a comfortable, fulfilling life while generating only 1 pound of waste a month.

Recently, Chameides spoke with MoJo about the joy of worm composting, the problem with restaurants, and what his young daughters think about his trash, soon to become an educational exhibit in Connecticut’s Trash Museum.

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