Professor Dumpster

By Posted in - FrontPage on June 2nd, 2013 13 Comments dumpsterblog2

A house is not a home without inhabitants, right? That’s where Professor Dumpster comes in. When he’s not testing sustainable technologies and low-waste living principles in an oversized trash can, Professor Dumpster sometimes goes as Environmental Science Professor, Dr. Jeff Wilson. Professor Dumpster will make a dumpster his home-sweet-home for a full year starting in fall of 2013. During the beginning phases of the project, Professor Dumpster will essentially be “dumpster camping” in the bare-bones frame (don’t worry, we’ll run it through the car wash a couple times).



First attempt at exiting a dumpster…. #FAIL.


Dumpster Jump

After four months of practice…. #GOLD

Over the course of the year, the dumpster will be retrofitted into a modern dwelling space with all the amenities of a standard American home (shower, toilet, kitchen, bed, and WiFi access). By living in the dumpster, Professor Dumpster will not only experiment with innovative ways to live with less, but will also serve as the friendly (and funny) face for the educational side of the project. Just like Bill Nye the Science Guy or Mrs. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus, Professor Dumpster will engage with the next generation in creative thinking about the important topics of sustainability and science education.


(13) awesome folk have had something to say...


    March 26, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    […] absolutely crazy! But, you know what? I am convinced they are right. Let’s turn poop into gas, a trash can into a new home. It’s gonna be a great story for the grands […]

  • charlie -

    March 10, 2014 at 10:06 pm earlier today i had the pleasure of meeting professor dumpster….a brilliant idea that has to come to pass…and not just for the homeless….people need to realize we are wiping out mother earth with condos, strip malls, and the worst of all ,,imoho…the car,,,,,how much do we really need to be happy?,,,i have always been a minimalist…..looking forward to learning more about this project and happy to donate my time and skills….and now if you will excuse me, I’m going for a walk..and I’m gonna walk to get to my walk!!… personal attack on the ones who DRIVE to work out…ha ha ha ahaha..sorry…

  • Samia -

    February 28, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Love the idea and effort to live in a small space. Would love to show to my kids and myself as well, can we come visit?

    • admin -

      February 28, 2014 at 8:01 pm

      We love giving Dumpster tours! Weekly Dumpster open house hours are Tuesday from 10-10:30am and Thursdays from 4-4:30pm. Just email us at to let us know you are coming our way!

  • Kathy Toohey -

    October 23, 2013 at 1:15 am

    I can not wait to hear of your experience while living in a dumpster. Good for you. Please keep the public up to date with your living arrangement. How wonderful you are doing this!!!!!!!

    • admin -

      October 23, 2013 at 8:16 pm

      Hi Kathy! We so appreciate your support. If you connect with us on The Dumpster Project Facebook page you’ll be in the know with all of the latest dumpster news. It’s gonna get interesting!

  • Jenny Chang -

    October 20, 2013 at 8:57 am

    I love it.

    It’s not about where you live, but if it feels like home.

    Is your project going to go overseas to Australia ? The Australians are a bit more eco-conscious than Americans.

    I’m an American and am living in Australia and feel this.

  • Irene Brady -

    October 11, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Just curious ~ is it high enough to stand up in? How tall is it? And what do you plan to do about the “bathroom”?

    • admin -

      October 23, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      The dumpster is tall enough to stand up in. It’s about 8 feet tall, 5 feet wide and 6 feet tall.

      As far as the bathroom goes, we’re going to test a variety of solutions, including a bucket and sawdust. Eventually we’ll upgrade to higher-tech and more sustainable solutions. The main key is low water use!

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  • Darin -

    August 13, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Love It. Want one. How Much????? DD