by reginald max (photos by gina marie)

So you wake up to your dirty Brooklyn block and hear a Spanish woman threatening her son with a wooden spoon. Five paces later your face gets hit with some sewer steam, while your nose catches a drift of trash odor permeating from overstuffed black bags. Agh… refreshing. Well your morning street odyssey is about to get severely enhanced by pink trash bags with polka dots.

Artist Adrian Kondratowicz is revolutionizing New York City garbage with colorful and ecoconscious trash bags which are scented to repel bugs and vermin. The bags are a 100% biodegradable and can really liven up a block. The movement goes by the name of TRASH: Any Color You Like and started off in Harlem on June 13. The ongoing series continues in Soho on July 10 (Prince St. btw Crosby and Green) and NoLita on July 18 (Elizabeth St. btw Spring and Houston). Both installations run from 5-12PM .

What makes this even cooler is that community residents can submit requests or design ideas for the bags that appear on their specific streets. Individuals can visit the project’s online blog to commission a city block or sponsor a NYC public school to get the TRASH initiative in classrooms, contributing to environmental education.

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