Ari Derfel trash
Ari Derfel, 35, quietly collected his garbage for a year. Except for food that he composted for fertilizer, Derfel refused to take anything he threw away outside of his Berkeley, Calif., home. The 2007 collection is shown amassed in his living room, but he normally stashes the waste inside a closet.
"Most people's vision of it is, 'Oh this dirty old man must be covered in trash,'" said Ari Derfel. "It has had far less of an intense impact on my existence than people would think."
However, Derfel's project has involved discipline. He flew 15 pounds of bottles and other packaging home from a trip to Hawaii. He even took home a paper tablecloth from Chez Panisse, an esteemed Berkeley restaurant.
Derfel after a San Francisco Chronicle reporter interviewed him in December. After was published, he has fielded calls from reporters around the world and from Jay Leno's and David Letterman's talk shows.
February 7, 2008 11:56 AM PST
Photo by: Ari Derfel
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