Oscar?!: Man Commits To Living In Dumpster For A Year

September 30, 2014


While most people would spend their time trying to move OUT of a dumpster, environmental science professor Jeff Wilson has committed to living inside one of the trash shacks for an entire year. During that time, Jeff, who also calls himself Professor Dumpster and not Captain Trashbeard like I suggested, is attempting to use just 1% of the average water and energy of an average family home. No word if I will be able to use the remaining 99% that Jeff saved, but he seemed to get angry with me when I asked.

"Professor Dumpster will be spending one year in a dumpster that is approximately 6 feet x 6 feet, or about 1% the size of the average new American home. Professor Dumpster, in his bid to become part of the 'new 1%' will strive to use 1% the water, 1% the energy, and create 1% the waste of the average American home," reads The Dumpster Project website.

The Dumpster Project will be completed in three phases, starting when Wilson took occupancy in February 2014: camping in a bare-bones dumpster (shown here); living in a dumpster "home," with additions such as storage and a bed; and then fine-tuning the dumpster into the ultimate sustainable home.

Damn, living in a 6 x 6 dumpster? I wouldn't even be able to stretch out all the way without touching both ends of the room. Plus I'm not thrilled about having to pee in a pot in the corner. I've never done that before. Although I did pee in an empty Gatorade bottle in the back of a friend's car once because he wouldn't pull over. I'm kidding, it was a police car and there was no Gatorade bottle.

Keep going for a couple diagrams of what Professor Dumpster's humble abode will look like in the future, and a video about the project.



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  • Bad Habit

    So many of you idiots posting negative comments and not a single one of you seems to grasp the point.
    It must suck to go through life so completely clueless and incapable of connecting disparate concepts and ideas together.

  • asdfadfs

    it just looks like my dorm(nicer actually)

    hows he get in, through the top?

  • kevin

    This is a thing already. It's called being homeless. It's also called being poor.

    Look at any local library parking lot and odds are you'll see one car filled with food and clothes. Or if you ever go to a Walmart parking lot there's always an RV that someone's sleeping in.

    All these intellectuals think they're innovators, but really they're just getting attention for choosing to do things other people have no choice but to do. Same with this new wave of people who think they're special for having urban gardens. Inner city minorities have been doing it forever. Also actual Midwest farmers.

    Like I'm trying to see the good in this, but I'm really having a hard time.

  • Ivan

    wasn't this episode 62 (S3-14) of two broke girls... ?

  • Will Chamberland

    Whoopied dooo, if he lived inside an renovated actual raw dumpster then I would be more intrigued. Or simply call him a homeless person.

  • Jenness

    Wow. Hipster with glasses & a bow tie says "I was bored with what I was writing about" and decides to that he isn't making enough money so he gets federal funding to "Test the limit that you can be happy and healthy in the tiniest space" - but it will also be "pimped out" with xbox, solar, "It's a conversation box, make a conversation box in and between groups that aren't talking". "It will end up being the most high - tech sustainable micro-living space in the world". And it's in Austin. I'm trying to be open minded but until I see Leonardo diCaprio and guys like this trading in their homes to live in dumpsters (Leo alone has more than 3 multi-million dollar palatial estates) then I am of the mind to say "You go first".

  • Guest

    hey! hipster douche...that DOESN'T COUNT

  • Zachary Zarko

    For some reason, I want to throw a few putrid, leaking garbage bags into the professor's living room.

  • Closet Nerd

    I wish I would have thought of this sooner.
    Now that garbage can my son keeps throwing me in when he abuses me can serve as my bed since my wife doesn't want anything to do with me.

  • Closet Nerd

    Okay I just heard him say "Xbox One"
    Somebody smack this idiot.
    Just buy a VCR if TV is what you are looking for.

  • Fireemblem777

    I currently live in a 69' drivable RV in Iowa with my friend (we lived in a van before). We have no electricity or water and park in the streets near our college; we have to survive the Iowa winter and this guy's "roughing it" in Texas with solar power. ABC should come do a story on us if they want to know what roughing it is really like.

  • ODwanKenObi

    Don't hate.

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    How are you posting this? Anyway I agree, the dumpster seems to be only his bedroom and not actually all his house. It is more like an upgraded capsule hotel/internet cafe cabin.

  • Ollie Williams

    "...approximately 6 feet x 6 feet, or about 1% the size of the average new American home."

    I'd like to see the citation where the average new American home is 3,600 square feet. I call bullshit for the sake of being able to jump on the "1%" phrase bandwagon.

  • Forblat

    He'd use even less energy if he didn't wear any clothes, buried himself halfway up his body in dirt, started photosynthesizing.

  • MarianaWay

    Enjoy life

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  • nanCY

    After "Price Is Right" I didn't think Drew Carey could get any lower.

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