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The Green Life: GarbageScout, RIP

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November 20, 2006

GarbageScout, RIP

VacuumsMuch to my boyfriend's chagrin, I'm a sucker for free stuff on the street. I don't always pick it up, but I love checking it out (and often photographing it), and I've got this habit to thank for a faux-gilded mirror frame, a nice set of candles, and some other little treasures. So I was stoked when I heard about GarbageScout--a New York-based online mapping system for people to report cool stuff that's been put out to the curb--and a little bummed when I learned that founder James Nachlin had recently shut the site down. Somewhat ironically, he'd been plagued with a spam problem--real junk getting in the way of good "junk."

I still think it's a great idea, and hope some tech-savvy trash-lover starts it up again. Seems like there's a lot of new mapping sites that could work well for this sort of thing.

Any other junk fans out there? What's the best thing you've ever recycled from the street?

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