Ah, summer in New York City: the construction men are cat-calling, the subways are muggy as hell, and the air is ripe with the smell of fresh, hot trash. The time is right for chronicling the inventive places your fellow citizens have chosen to discard their unwanted items. This summer, prepare to get a lot more precise with the Periodic Table of NYC Trash poster, now raising funds on Kickstarter.
Created by writer Molly Young and graphic designer Teddy Blanks, the Periodic Table of NYC Trash is exactly what it sounds like: a tabular arrangement of 118 elements collected from the city streets. Blanks and Young found and photographed each item, then organized them in groups including apparel, beverage, municipal, vices, and so on.
Featured trash ranges from the distinctly New York (broken $5 umbrella, Metro card, deli coffee) to the objectively gross (rat, condoms) to the surprisingly charming (Wasabi partition, smiley face plastic bag). You could also probably use this as litmus test for how long you’ve lived in the city based on how much of this trash you find endearing.