For Immediate Release

Trash Talk Lecture: Track Track

Cambridge, September 26, 2011 - Out of sight, out of mind: an apt description for the role trash plays in our daily lives. Where does it go, in its invisible voyage starting from our trash cans? A creative program at M.I.T. challenges the "out of sight, out of mind" perception of trash, asking, "Why do we know so much about the supply chain, and so little about the 'removal-chain'?"

The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology presents the free lecture, "Trash Track: Reverse Engineering the Removal Chain,"  on Wednesday October 26 at 5:30 P.M. at the Geological Lecture Hall (24 Oxford St., Cambridge). The free lecture will be followed by a public reception at the Peabody Museum (11 Divinity Ave.).

Trash Track at M.I.T. uses technology to track precisely where trash goes. The program dreams of using the results to "build more efficient and sustainable infrastructures [and] promote behavioral change." By revealing the path trash takes from garbage can to its final destination, both manufacturers and consumers will be able to make more sustainable choices.

The speaker is Dietmar Offenhuber, team leader of M.I.T.'s SENSEable City Lab, a project that probes the potential of technology to facilitate a new awareness and literacy for understanding urban systems.


About the Peabody Museum
The Peabody Museum is among the oldest archaeological and ethnographic museums in the world with one of the finest collections of human cultural history found anywhere. It is home to superb materials from Africa, ancient Europe, North America, Mesoamerica, Oceania, and South America in particular. In addition to its archaeological and ethnographic holdings, the Museum’s photographic archives, one of the largest of its kind, hold more than 500,000 historical photographs, dating from the mid-nineteenth century to the present and chronicling anthropology, archaeology, and world culture.

Hours and location: 9 A.M. to 5 P.M., seven days a week. The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, $6 for children, 3–18. Free with Harvard ID or Museum membership. The Museum is free to Massachusetts residents Sundays, 9 A.M. to noon, year round, and Wednesdays from 3 P.M. to 5 P.M. (September to May). Admission includes admission to the Harvard Museum of Natural History. For more information call 617-496-1027 or go online to: The Peabody Museum is located at 11 Divinity Avenue in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Museum is a short walk from the Harvard Square MBTA station.

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Faith Sutter
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Peabody Museum
Tel: 617-495-3397


Tracking the path of an aluminum can in Seattle. Image courtesy Trash | Track, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

"Trash Track: Reverse Engineering the Removal Chain" part of the Peabody Museum Trash Talk series of free lectures, is Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 5:30 pm at the Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge.

A public reception follows at the Peabody Museum, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge.

Public information: 617-496-1027.