JIM BERGAMO, KVUE
AUSTIN, Texas (KVUE) - Jeff Wilson isn't checking out a dumpster for safety reasons. He's sizing it up as a future home.
"This is what's called an 8 cubic yard dumpster," he said. "Also something with windows and doors. Telling people you have life dreams you want to live in a dumpster it brings sympathy your way."
But Wilson isn't looking for sympathy. The Huston-Tillotson environmental science professor is looking to pique interest in the area of sustainability.
"We throw things into the dumpster, and they just sort of magically disappear and there's not much thought given to the processes behind that," he said.
Wilson says that's why the dumpster project is a perfect metaphor to spread the message that less is more.
"Through less consumption - in this case less than one percent of the average American home - you still can have a happy and fulfilling life," he said.
To better prepare him for this new venture in life Dr. Wilson sold every personal item he owned for $1 apiece. He only kept what he could fit in a backpack like this one for life in a dumpster.
Students now intrigued with the dumpster project admit they had their doubts at first.
"It must be that huge heavy trash can dumpster right? And he said no it was only going to be about this big and that big. And I said are you going to live in it?" Maurice Fleming, an English major at the school, said.
"Crazy. But I think it's pretty intriguing. It's pretty cool. I want to live in it too," he said.
You heard correctly. The students will take turns living in the dumpster when Wilson needs a night or weekend off from the year long project.
Oh yes. It's on my bucket list. I want to live in a dumpster.
Bucket list or your dumpster list.
Dumpster list. There we go.