Would You Swim in a Dumpster Pool?

by , 09/03/10

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Adaptive reuse is all about starting with an object and transforming it into something new and useful through the power of smart design. Case in point: these old dumpsters turned into swimming pools! Talk about trash to treasure. Read more about the story behind this example of turning trash into treasure (literally) and comment here if you can think of any other examples of intelligent adaptive reuse.


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  1. Jock May 31, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Touchdown! That’s a really cool way of ptuting it!

  2. Dumpster Diver September 7, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Yes, of course. There is nothing “dirty” about a dumpster pool. Most dumpsters are used for carrying waste such as construction debris – sheet rock, boards, etc. Even if they were previously used for more “organic” forms of trash, you can clean the dumpster with a soap, water, and bleach mixture. On top of that, dumpster pools are lined with a thick plastic liner – you never even touch the inside of the dumpster.

    So, as funny as the idea seems – it is perfectly safe to swim in a dumpster that has been properly cleaned!


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