Trash Hackers Collective is focused on exploring new and innovative ways to work with discarded plastic.
Our mission is to empower the capabilities of the community to work with plastics that do not have local recycling options and would otherwise be buried in the landfill. My primary focus has been on developing the equipment, techniques, and documenting the processes and safety protocols necessary to create new things out of these plastic resources. More info can be found at TrashHackers.org
Trash Hackers Collective is an ad-hoc group of artists, technologists, engineers, designers, educators, and learners all interested in demystifying and understanding plastic recycling. We bring our diverse skills and perspectives to gain insights into the opportunities, challenges, and surprises as we all attempt hands-on plastic recycling. We hope that communicating our lessons from local-scaled plastic recycling can help others better understand this issue.”
Early experiments using injection molding to form new shapes.
A collection of ongoing experiments with melting various plastics into sheets and lasercutting it into new forms.
Images from our Trash Hackers gallery show at Paragon Arts Center, summer 2019. Wares were created by myself and members of Trash Hackers Collective
Section of an extruded beam made by Plastic Lizard Recycling, carefully sliced by Chau Doan of Mopwerks, LLC
Examples of the interactive shredding booth I made for public recycling demonstrations, as well as the pendants made by Alice Rotsztain to serve as tokens for participators of the recycling demo.