Lord of Recycling snapshot

The other night, a house guest of my roommate approached me in the kitchen, empty beer bottle in hand, and asked me if I recycled.


“I wish. To be completely honest, I'm a bit scared to do it the city," I explained. “I’ve seen way too many friends injured from it so I've always been a bit apprehensive especially with the no-health-insurance thing. But whenever I leave New York or go on vacation and it’s an option, of course I do. I did it a lot when I was younger.”


The house guest, who I knew was an outdoor adventure/fitness journalist, just stared at me quizzically, holding her empty. And then I understood that I had misunderstood. I thought she asked if I cycled. We both had a good, somewhat awkward laugh and I pointed her in the direction of my under-the-sink recycling bin.


This got me thinking: what if recycling really was an epic, potentially treacherous act? What if my response had actually made sense? Well, that’s the idea behind "Lord of Recycling," a clever but mostly silly parody of the "Lord the Rings" series from Megasteakman where Frodo embarks on a perilous journey to properly dispose of a “plastic type one bottle to rule them all.”


Watch and enjoy. And don't forget to recycle ... or else the Trash Riders will come for you.


Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.