Making Trash Social: Dumpster Dive Explores Digital Recycling

Making Trash Social: Dumpster Dive Explores Digital Recycling

A new desktop application creates a collective dumpster for the digital trash of its users.

Kyle Studstill
  • 26 may 2011

Dumpster Dive is a desktop application that aims to extend the notion of upcycling would-be discarded objects from the physical to the digital world. The application creates a shared “Dumpster” folder on your system, that would be used like a normal trash bin to delete files, but places these files in a collective bin accessible by any other contributors.

The developer Justin Blinder explains below:

When we throw out physical trash, we know, at least on a subconscious level, that it often has the potential to be repurposed. Someone might rescue an abandoned book from a dumpster, or fall in love with the musical tastes of another through a discarded CD they find on the sidewalk. However, the drag-drop-delete process of deleting data from our computers prevents them from ever reaching others. Dumpster Drive makes your trash social within the context of your desktop, allowing you to dumpster dive through the discarded files of others.

Watch a video explanation below:

Dumpster Dive

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