Berkeley Man Saves All His Trash For a Year

Ari Derfel leads a trashy life. He just wants to remind everyone else that they do, too.

The 35-year-old Berkeley caterer said he has saved every piece of trash he has generated over the past year to see how much garbage one person creates.

The experiment began as a way to examine his own consumption
habits, Derfel said, but grew into a statement about consumerism
and the environment.

"When we throw something away, what does 'away' mean?" said
Derfel. "There's no such thing as 'away.' "

The refuse - including every tissue, receipt, food wrapper and plastic bottle - resides in bins in the kitchen and living room of Derfel's apartment. He composts his food scraps.

Derfel said he eventually hopes to donate his accumulated waste to a sculptor.
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