The incredible journey


No longer flushing, but still flashing, a ceramic toilet fitted with a transmitter signaled its way across the Northwest last fall. Tagged to send its location to nearby cell phone towers, the discarded commode was one of 782 objects donated by 40 Seattle residents in autumn 2009 for Trash Track. This Massachusetts Institute of Technology project follows garbage from owner to final destination, providing information to waste and recycling companies. Researchers hope the effort will help increase peoples’ awareness of what happens to the stuff they toss. The toilet, for its part, apparently made it to an Oregon landfill at 10:01 a.m. on Nov. 3.

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