Great Short Film About the U.S.'s Only Residential Vacuum Garbage Collection

Could vacuum tubes be the best way to collect garbage? I asked the curator of a recent exhibit about Roosevelt Island's pneumatic garbage system if she thought this was a good idea or the product of Jetsons-era whimsy.

The exhibit, "Fast Trash", has just closed, but make up your own mind after watching this lyrical documentary on the system, "Nature Abhors a Vacuum," by Greg Whitmore. Whether the system makes sense or not for other cities, the film underscores one benefit: it gets people thinking more about their waste, something all of us should probably be doing more.

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