One Man’s Trash

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WELCOME. This is the landing page for the project that involves one man picking up trash in Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Valley Park for an entire year. Please see the Five Ws below for a nutshell.

WHAT: One Man’s Trash. Each week, once a week, for all of 2014, I went on 2-3 hour hikes, picking up all the litter I encountered. If something was too big to haul out, I made a note of it on my phone’s text app and made arrangements to remove it with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and Friends of the Wissahickon, the official partners on this project.
After completing each respective hike, the collected haul was sorted, inventoried, and stored in a shed built in the park by the Works Progress Administration in 1938.
WHEN: For all of 2014, filed in weekly reports.
WHERE: Wissahickon Valley Park, 1800 wooded acres in Northwest Philadelphia.
WHO: Bradley Maule, founder/editor dude from Philly Skyline.
WHY: Why not? Litter feeds the Filthadelphia complex, and it infects even the magical Wissahickon. Living in Mt Airy, this project has given me a reason to get in the park frequently.
WHAT AGAIN: In Spring 2015, after collecting and filing a year’s worth of litter, I’ll present my findings: the litter itself, in a display and location to be determined at the Fairmount Water Works, the data I’ve collected (numbers! stuff!), photos, and maps. Then once the exhibition is over, all items will be disposed of properly: as much of it recycled and donated as possible.

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PRESS LOVE

The Project
The Art Blog:a germophobe’s nightmare but heaven for anyone fascinated with our city’s trash taxonomy
Philadelphia City Paper:One man’s quest to collect a year’s worth of litter in Fairmount Park
WHYY Newsworks:One man undertakes hefty spring-cleaning mission in Wissahickon Valley Park
Chestnut Hill Local:Mt. Airy man to make litter into a public art project
Philadelphia Neighborhoods (Temple University project):Enemies of the Wissahickon
Philadelphia Daily News:One Man’s Trash: it’s everybody’s problem
Grid Magazine:The Trash Not Taken
The Shuttle:A Man, a Shed, a Year of Trash in the Wissahickon” (p. 10)
Altoona Mirror:Locals partner with PennDOT to clean up litter on roads

The Exhibition
WHYY Newsworks:One Man’s Trash puts yearlong Wissahickon cleanup effort on display
KYW Newsradio: Positively Philadelphia segment
Philadelphia Inquirer:For Earth Day, one man’s trash is, well, trash
Philadelphia Metro:The Wissahickon’s shameful collection unveiled
Philadelphia Daily News:Celebrate ‘One Man’s Trash’ on Earth Day
Philly Watersheds Blog:Earth Day exhibit reveals Philly’s trash problem
Hidden City Philadelphia:Getting wise to watershed waste with One Man’s Trash
Chadds Ford Live:Victory Brewing Co. eager for another win
Philadelphia Metro:Could new trash can law solve litter epidemic?
Philadelphia magazine: “Why are Philadelphia’s streets so filthy?
The Art Blog:One Man’s Trash: Bradley Maule at Fairmount Water Works

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Filed below are a detailed introduction of the project and links to each week’s report.

2014 WEEKLY REPORTS

INTRODUCTION
WEEK 1: Allens Lane & Lincoln Drive to Carpenter’s Woods
(local loop: Cresheim/Orange/Carpenter’s Trails)
WEEK 2: Carpenter’s Woods to Kitchens Lane
(Carpenter’s/Orange Trails)
WEEK 3: Ten Box to Carpenter’s Woods
(MLK Day: Forbidden/Orange/White/Carpenter’s Trails)
WEEK 4: Allens Lane & Lincoln Drive to Crefeld Street
(Cresheim/White/Forbidden/Thomas Mill/Lavender Trails)
WEEK 5: Gorgas Run to Chestnut Hill Avenue
(Super Bowl Sunday: Yellow/Forbidden/White Trails)
WEEK 6: Allens Lane & Lincoln Drive to Livezey Lane
(Cresheim Trail, very snowy)
WEEK 7: Chestnut Hill College to Valley Green
(Orange Trail)
WEEK 8: Allens Lane & Lincoln Drive to Summit Avenue
(Cresheim/White/Magarge/Yellow Trails)
WEEK 9: Saylor Grove to Ridge Avenue
(East Falls Trail)
WEEK 10: Allens Lane & Lincoln Drive to Hartwell Lane
(Cresheim/Orange/Hartwell Trails)
WEEK 11: Chestnut Hill Avenue to Emlen Street
(White/Yellow/Forbidden/Cresheim Trails)
WEEK 12: Rex Avenue to Cedars House
(Rex/Houston Meadow/Andorra Trails)
WEEK 13: Carpenter’s Woods to Green Lane
(Carpenter’s/Orange/Yellow Trails)
WEEK 14: Emlen Street to Chestnut Hill Avenue
(Cresheim/White Trails)
WEEK 15: Mt Airy Avenue to Allens Lane & Lincoln Drive
(Orange/Cresheim Trails)
WEEK 16: Park Line Drive to Allens Lane & Lincoln Drive
(White/Cresheim Trails)
WEEK 17: Allens Lane & Lincoln Drive to Emlen Street
(Cresheim/White/Yellow/Houston Meadow/Orange/Cresheim Trails)
WEEK 18: Johnson Street to Carpenter’s Woods (Monoshone/Forbidden/Orange/Carpenter’s Trails)
WEEK 19: Allens Lane & Lincoln Drive to Mt Airy Avenue
(Cresheim/Orange/Mt Airy Trails)
WEEK 20: Wissahickon Avenue to Emlen Street (Rittenhouse/Yellow/Roxborough/White/Cresheim Trails)
WEEK 21: Allens Lane & Lincoln Drive to Rex Avenue
(Cresheim/White/Orange Trails)
WEEK 22: Emlen Street to Wises Mill Road
(Cresheim/White/Magarge/Yellow Trails)
WEEK 23: Kitchens Lane to Carpenter’s Woods
(National Trails Day: Orange Trail work party)
WEEK 24: Wissahickon Transfer Center to Henry Avenue
(Kelpius Trail)
WEEK 25: Devil’s Pool work party
(with FOW)
WEEK 26: Leverington Avenue to Emlen Street
(Yellow/Gorgas/Forbidden/Orange/Cresheim Trails)
WEEK 27: Blue Bell Park to Allens Lane & Lincoln Drive
(Blue Bell/Orange/White/Cresheim Trails)
WEEK 28: Cresheim Road to Allens Lane & Lincoln Drive
(Cresheim Trail loop)
WEEK 29: Allens Lane & Lincoln Drive to Carpenter’s Woods
(local loop)
WEEK 30: Emlen Street to Westview Street
(Cresheim/White/Monastery/White Trails)
WEEK 31: Devil’s Pool work party
(with FOW)
WEEK 32: Bells Mill Road to Valley Green
(Orange Trail)
WEEK 33: Crefeld Street to Cedars House
(Lavender/Orange/Forbidden route)
WEEK 34: Allens Lane & Lincoln Drive to Carpenter’s Woods
(local loop)
WEEK 35: Chestnut Hill Avenue to Allens Lane & Lincoln Drive
(White/Orange Trails)
WEEK 36: Chestnut Hill College to Allens Lane & Lincoln Drive
(Harper’s Meadow/Andorra/Yellow Trails)
WEEK 37: Ridge Avenue to Livezey Lane
(Kelpius/Yellow Trails)
WEEK 38: Chestnut Hill Avenue to Chestnut Hill Avenue
(White/Thomas Mill/Yellow/Houston Meadow Trails loop)
WEEK 39: Allens Lane & Lincoln Drive to Carpenter’s Woods
(local loop)
WEEK 40: Saylor Grove to Scottforth Road
(Blue Bell/Orange/White/Carpenter’s Trails)
WEEK 41: Cresheim Road to Germantown Avenue
(new Cresheim Trail)
WEEK 42: Rex Avenue to Rex Avenue
(Orange/Yellow/Forbidden Trails loop)
WEEK 43: Hortter Street to Mt Airy Avenue (Hortter/Orange/Roxborough/Yellow/Leverington-Mt Airy Trails)
WEEK 44: Allens Lane & Lincoln Drive to Carpenter’s Woods
(local loop)
WEEK 45: Chestnut Hill Avenue to Allens Lane & Lincoln Drive
(White/Orange/Rex/Forbidden/White/Cresheim Trails)
WEEK 46: Bells Mill Road to Emlen Street
(Yellow/Forbidden/White/Cresheim Trails)
WEEK 47: Carpenter’s Woods to Allens Lane & Lincoln Drive
(Carpenter’s/Gorgas/Yellow/Valley Green/White/Cresheim Trails)
WEEK 48: Gate House Lane to Hartwell Lane
(Gate House/Cresheim/White/Orange/Hartwell Trails)
WEEK 49: Chestnut Hill Avenue to Germantown Avenue
(Lavender/Orange/Andorra/Harper’s Meadow Trails)
WEEK 50: Ridge Avenue to Saylor Grove
(East Falls Trail)
WEEK 51: Philadelphia University to Carpenter’s Woods
(Yellow/Roxborough/Orange/Monastery/Carpenter’s Trails)
WEEK 52: Allens Lane & Lincoln Drive to Carpenter’s Woods
(local loop)

3 thoughts on “One Man’s Trash

  1. Saw your article in the FOW newsletter. Is it not time for a deposit on containers as is the case in NY, CA, CT, MA, MI, VT ME, Iowa, Ore., Hawaii and all of Canada?

  2. Thanks Bradley. Hope your project helps solve the litter problem. Every time I hike or bike in the park, I try to pick up at least one piece of litter. I encourage everyone to do the same. It’s easy and gives you at least a small sense of satisfaction.

  3. An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a coworker who was conducting
    a little research on this. And he in fact bought me breakfast simply because I discovered it for him…

    lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!!
    But yeah, thanx for spending some time to talk about this topic here on your web site.

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