Pink Polka-Dot Trash Bags Pile Up in New York

| 8/19/2008 10:27:05 AM

Pink trash bagsThe public art project TRASH: anycoloryoulike, launched this summer by the artist Adrian Kondratowicz, replaces traditional black trash bags with bright, colorful, biodegradable bags. Kondratowicz hopes that, in addition to making city streets look a little better, piles of flashy pink and white polka-dot garbage bags will get people thinking about how much they throw away.

“People are sensitized to seeing mounds of black trash bags lining sidewalks,” writes Kathryn Kondracki at the Next American City blog, “but the use of multi-colored bags will hopefully make by-standers stop and think about the impact.”

Pink Pony trash bagsIndividuals and businesses can sponsor city blocks or schools for one or more trash-collection days, and Kondratowicz can produce bags in just about any color.

If you want to see the pink polka dots in action, head to Brooklyn on August 21—the bags will be out on Broadway between Marcy Avenue and Hewes Street.

Images by Gina Marie, courtesy of

8/22/2008 12:44:49 PM

great idea. Just curious what the history is behind the balck trash bags? Was black plastic cheaper than other colors?

8/20/2008 3:19:12 PM

What a great idea! We always seem to set aside just how much trash we dispose of on a daily basis, and the streets of New York are most definitely filled with trash. I love seeing the new ways artists incorporate the green movement into their personal work. Thanks for the heads up!

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