Living in a Dumpster for a Year

The Dumpster Project

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Tue, Sep 30th, 2014 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

Dr. Jeff Wilson, an environmental studies professor and dean at Huston-Tillotson University in Texas, has been living in a 33 square feet dumpster in order to turn it into a sustainable house and interactive teaching lab. The above photo is from the dumpster's Instagram account.

Wilson’s most anticipated upcoming boon is a toilet. “I’m not as concerned about the shower,” he said, “but getting to the toilet sometimes requires kind of a midnight run.” Currently, he uses facilities at the university’s gym. A toilet and shower will soon connect to the dumpster externally. “You don’t really want to have a composting toilet inside of a closed-up 36 square feet,” he explained.

In four months Wilson will enter the third phase of the project, the “uber dumpster home.” That will involve installing solar panels and unplugging from the energy grid, as well as completing aesthetic work that will essentially remove any semblance of dumpsterdom. “We kind of want to do the outside in a modern Dwell look,“ he said, including windows and reused lumber siding. “We want it basically to be such that if you were blindfolded and placed inside it, you’d just think you were in a very tiny house.”

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