Trash-talking the lowly garbage chute

When was the last time you paid any attention to garbage chutes?

If you don’t live in a multi-story building, it was probably when you read about two people being found dead in the trash chute of a Gold Coast high-rise.

If you live in a high-rise building, you might find yourself forced to pay attention to the garbage chute – by the noise from living next to a poorly-insulated one, the stench emanating from a poorly-maintained one, or the insects that infest the chute room.

If you live in an older high-rise, especially one converted from a hotel, you might find yourself wishing you had a garbage chute as you haul your trash down the elevator. Mies van der Rohe’s iconic glass houses also lack garbage chutes.

We’ve heard tales of everything from a live cat to live coals being tossed into trash chutes over the years. Share your tale in a comment.

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