Robin Nagle

What I discovered in New York City trash

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Filmed Jan 2013 at TEDCity2.0
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New York City residents produce 11,000 tons of garbage every day. Every day! This astonishing statistic is just one of the reasons Robin Nagle started a research project with the city's Department of Sanitation. She walked the routes, operated mechanical brooms, even drove a garbage truck herself—all so she could answer a simple-sounding but complicated question: who cleans up after us?

Robin Nagle
/ Trash anthropologist

Robin Nagle is an anthropologist with a very particular focus... garbage.  Full bio.

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