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Get your smash on at “sport” bottle recycling center

When I was still living in Dallas, our local recycling center included a giant steel dumpster, open at only one end, with an elevated platform you could climb up to chuck your glass bottles in. I was in high school, then, and it was pretty common, when we were bored, to go down there on the weekend and pass an hour or so smashing glass bottles into the dumpster just for the fun of it. You’d see “grown-ups” there doing the same thing, and more than once perfectly “respectable” suburban adults would see what we were up to and join in, which inevitably put a big grin on everybody’s face. I’m sure this kind of impromptu bottle-breaking game happens naturally at recycling centers all over the world.

Still, it’s cool that somebody finally noticed the trend and designed a glass recycling bin specifically to maximize the pleasure of recreational bottle-smashing. It includes an elevated platform at one end where folks can stand and chuck bottles down at the crowd below, who are protected by the bulletproof glass walls of the bin itself. There are also lights, apparently, that are set up to flash at the sound of breaking glass. The project is by David Belt and co-wokers at MacroSea and is called “Glassphemy,” which is a catchy if overblown and nonsensical wordplay. I can think of some funnier and more accurate puns, but most of these are NSFW.

Train an army of children to recycle bottles for you

4 thoughts on “Get your smash on at “sport” bottle recycling center

  1. And I remember a friend once telling me (because he had been auditing the process) about how broken glass was actually actively removed from the recycling process and shipped to landfill instead.

    So yeah.

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I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

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