Why would someone decide to spend a year living in a dumpster when he has a perfectly good home? That's the question that "Professor Dumpster" has been answering recently.
Dr. Jeff Wilson, a biological sciences professor at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin Texas, has taken up residence in a 33 square foot dumpster for the next year. Dr. Wilson says that he wants to show Americans how they can live in something just 1% the size of an average American home, using 1% of the power, and water, and creating just 1% of the waste.
His hope is that he'll show others it's possible to live a fulfilling life with less stuff.
However, it won't be easy, Dr. Wilson said one of the hardest things will be trying to sleep in the dumpster that is just 6 feet long and he's 6-foot-one! And he'll have to deal with the weather. Austin temperatures can swing rapidly, and in the summer can get above 100 degrees.
His website called The Dumpster Project gives more details on his mission.
He said he got the idea seeing a dumpster behind a coffee shop. Others suggested living in a shipping container, "but," he said "That would be too easy."
Dr. Wilson was joined by our own Jane Velez-Mitchell who herself once went " dumpster diving" to show the wastefulness of modern society.