A main factor in sustainability is being able to use or reuse everything in efforts to reduce the amount that would normally go to the landfill. Students from St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio have taken this initiative to the next level by finding an alternative use for the thing we use to hold our trash. The student club known as “The Trash Talkers” uses recycled metal or plastic garbage cans to create fun and interactive music.

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There has been a lot of trial and error over the years but The Trash Talkers have developed universal sound and has become ambassadors for the school. Besides playing during half times of professional sporting events, the group goes on recruiting trips to local grade schools. Children were the initial supporters of The Trash Talkers but they have recently being doing many events for just adults. Photo Courtesy of The Trash TalkersSince their start in 2003, the group has become increasingly popular and has accumulated over 30 members. Each student is armed with two recycling bins of various sizes. Every garbage can has a unique sound and a great deal of planning goes into making the intended music. Small plastic buckets are used for the higher ringing sound and large rainwater barrels serve as the lower bass drums. Also the group uses recycled sticks to drum on the trashcans.

The members of the group have to put in a lot of time in order to produce quality music from an unconventional instrument. There is very little bounce to the garbage cans, which makes it harder to play fast. Also it is common that the lid of the cans will fall off. Many people, including The Trash Talkers think it is harder to play the garbage cans then normal drums.

Not using conventional instruments has resulted in some injuries to the members. Although there has been some bumps and bruises along the way, they claim the pain is all worth it because of the joy it brings to others. Some of The Trash Talkers have even been known to sign autographs, when there hands feel up to it.

The group is able to produce a great product at little or no cost because everything they are using is recycled. Although, they are only reusing a little amount, any waste that can be diverted from going to landfills is extremely beneficial.  The Trash Talkers foundation is based on sustainability and can hopefully influence others to find unique ways to be reused various items. The opportunities for waste removal are endless.