Waste Stories Blog

Beside the seaside

We recently visited the beautiful Moray Coast, staying in the seaside town of Lossiemouth. We had read that the series of storms we’ve had this winter, together with high tidal surges, have been eroding the massive dunes that protect the town. George had also read that the dunes themselves were partly constructed out of old Read More…

Waste Stories from New College Lanarkshire

For the last few months, we’ve been working with students and staff in visual arts programmes at New College Lanarkshire to commision and create Waste Stories in visual and sculptural form – plastic arts to explore waste plastic … Some of the resulting work, made by students from both Cumbernauld and Coatbridge campuses, studing in Read More…

Haste Ye Back

George and I walked from Falkirk Grahamston to Grangemouth the other day. I hadn’t set out with Waste Stories intentions, but waste and stories reveal themselves in most places, whether I’m actively looking for them or not. I just can’t take the glasses off. Our route took us along the canal, which of course meant Read More…

The pair of pogo sticks

I like a page a day diary, mainly as it tends to function more as a notebook than a diary to me.  Often the page a day quota doesn’t work for the things I jot down, so I tend to write on any blank page I can find.  This drives my sister crazy, “how do Read More…

Brattea fatua

A story about balloons has been brewing for quite a while. I’ve been promising myself to write something ever since I wrote the story about foiletti and my slightly more ranty but factual post about foiletti and balloons, and there have been various times when I’ve said to myself that I’ve got enough photos of Read More…

Back from a Waste Stories journey

We’ve been a bit quiet recently, partly because we’ve been expressing some of our waste stories energies through our daughter site, Future Archaeologies of Waste, and particularly through our work with the Solway Firth Partnership and the Scottish Islands Federation Marine Litter Working Group on Future Archaeologies of Marine Litter. In that project, we tok Read More…

Many a True Word is Spoken in Jest

contributed by George Robertson Anna has previously posted a story telling of our early encounters with disposable vapes. One fine day, walking along a very rural road in Dumfries and Galloway, we found a partly squashed mettle tube with some wires hanging out of the end, and the remains of some kind of wadding. What Read More…

Mermaids’ Tears 

George and I have been going to a lot of coastal areas recently, for Waste Stories and for the Waste Stories daughter project, Future Archaeologies of Marine Litter. The litter that washes up on our shores is incredibly varied, depending on the local currents, windes, topography and geography. In some places, such as Mullock Bay Read More…

Bells and Rings

The Christmas and New Year period bring many reminders of waste and consumption, so it’s a particularly productive time of year for Waste Stories. For example, I now have enough pictures of Christmas trees abandoned on kerbs and paths to constitute a series (rather like our series of pictures of inappropriately disposed of dog-poo bags). Read More…

The Braeside tar pit

This story was created as part of our work with the Royal Highland Education Trust. It is a continuation of our Future Archaelogies theme. It is inspired by the enormous number of old tyres there are, stashed in various places throughout the country. It has a strong link to farming and the land, and is Read More…