The Most Interesting Trash We Found on the Side of Miami Streets

The Most Interesting Trash We Found on the Side of Miami StreetsEXPAND
Photo by Kyle Munzenrieder

Miami is a trashy city. That's not an insult. It's just a fact. There's trash everywhere. People apparently love chucking stuff on the side of the road, and only rarely do people bother to pick it up. It's easy to ignore when you see it every day, but taking a look at the city's street trash tells an interesting story. 

Yesterday I took a 40-minute walk through Edgewater, Midtown, and Wynwood, all of which are undergoing rapid redevelopment and gentrification. I started near Biscayne Boulevard and NE 29th Street, walked into Wynwood, and cut across to North Miami Avenue to NW 27th Street and meandered through the residential areas of the neighborhood before heading back bay-ward down 27th Street and ending up near Melo Group's under-construction luxury tower Bay House. 

The most interesting trash along the way was photographically documented. The implication here is that bottles, cans, plastic bags, wrappers, and other debris are so commonplace as to be completely unoteworthy in this town, but in case you needed a reminder of how filthy this city can get, here's the bus stop near NE Second Avenue and NE 29th Street, right near Midtown. 

The Most Interesting Trash We Found on the Side of Miami Streets (19)EXPAND
Photo by Kyle Munzenrieder

See! Completely filthy, and completely uninteresting! But take a closer and you begin to find the good stuff. 

The Most Interesting Trash We Found on the Side of Miami Streets (20)EXPAND
Photo by Kyle Munzenrieder

Here's some lady's hat in the bushes. We're sure she could have used it at a Kentucky Derby party this weekend. 

The Most Interesting Trash We Found on the Side of Miami Streets (14)EXPAND
Photo by Kyle Munzenrieder

The good news is that people are still having safe sex in Miami. The bad news is that people are using those condoms in places where they can throw the wrapper on the side of the street. 

The Most Interesting Trash We Found on the Side of Miami Streets (5)EXPAND
Photo by Kyle Munzenrieder

A perfectly good silly straw! Why would anyone throw that away? By the way, it's easy to assume that perhaps the homeless are to blame for most of the trash, but that's not the case. Take a closer look and you'll find plenty of Starbucks cups, organic juice bottles, and gourmet Brazilian nut packages. Yuppies and hipsters are equally to blame.

The Most Interesting Trash We Found on the Side of Miami Streets (3)EXPAND
Photo by Kyle Munzenrieder

Here's a sad little turtle.

The Most Interesting Trash We Found on the Side of Miami Streets (4)EXPAND
Photo by Kyle Munzenrieder

And a random shoe, which has actually been here for more than a week.

The Most Interesting Trash We Found on the Side of Miami Streets (6)EXPAND
Photo by Kyle Munzenrieder

Yes, that's a random Tom Ford sunglass case. Unfortunately for us, there were no $400 sunglasses inside.

The Most Interesting Trash We Found on the Side of Miami Streets (7)EXPAND
Photo by Kyle Munzenrieder

A smashed and abandoned computer monitor.

The Most Interesting Trash We Found on the Side of Miami Streets (9)EXPAND
Photo by Kyle Munzenrieder

A car seat and a dresser. 

The Most Interesting Trash We Found on the Side of Miami Streets (21)EXPAND
Photo by Kyle Munzenrieder

Another car seat, this one about a block away in Wynwood.

The Most Interesting Trash We Found on the Side of Miami Streets (22)EXPAND
Photo by Kyle Munzenrieder

A lot of the oddest trash is around abandoned homes. Those homes' yards can become full-on fenced-in dumps. 

The Most Interesting Trash We Found on the Side of Miami Streets (8)EXPAND
Photo by Kyle Munzenrieder

We kept seeing these orange pods strewn about Wynwood before striking the motherlode. Turns out they're cat food containers. Wynwood is also awash in discarded Vuse e-cigarette boxes, one of which you can see on the bottom left. 

The Most Interesting Trash We Found on the Side of Miami Streets (10)EXPAND
Photo by Kyle Munzenrieder

Whatever this is has been here so long someone decided to tag it with a mushroom growing in a lumpy field. Yeah, that's definitely what it is. 

The Most Interesting Trash We Found on the Side of Miami Streets (23)EXPAND
Photo by Kyle Munzenrieder

Here's a very nice toothbrush. 

The Most Interesting Trash We Found on the Side of Miami Streets (24)EXPAND
Photo by Kyle Munzenrieder

Unsurprisingly, there is a correlation to the number of nearby trashcans and the amount of trash left on the street. This technically, however, is not a trash can but a business's planter. It is proof, however, that Miamians will put things in trash-can-like receptacles if given the option. 

The Most Interesting Trash We Found on the Side of Miami StreetsEXPAND
Photo by Kyle Munzenrieder

Poor stuffed bunny. 

The Most Interesting Trash We Found on the Side of Miami Streets (26)EXPAND
Photo by Kyle Munzenrieder
The Most Interesting Trash We Found on the Side of Miami Streets (27)EXPAND
Photo by Kyle Munzenrieder
The Most Interesting Trash We Found on the Side of Miami Streets (25)EXPAND
Photo by Kyle Munzenrieder
The Most Interesting Trash We Found on the Side of Miami Streets (2)EXPAND
Photo by Kyle Munzenrieder

This dresser has been blocking the sidewalk for more than a week. There used to be a chair next to it, but it was moved to a shady location. 

The Most Interesting Trash We Found on the Side of Miami Streets (28)EXPAND
Photo by Kyle Munzenrieder
The Most Interesting Trash We Found on the Side of Miami Streets (15)EXPAND
Photo by Kyle Munzenrieder

And an actual condom. We're coming full circle now. 

The Most Interesting Trash We Found on the Side of Miami Streets (29)EXPAND
Photo by Kyle Munzenrieder

Interestingly, when luxury developers get involved, they tend to make sure the areas around their properties are pristine. The finishing touches on Bay House are coming along nicely. 

The Most Interesting Trash We Found on the Side of Miami Streets (30)EXPAND
Photo by Kyle Munzenrieder

But here's the other side of the street, where workers often park. 

The Most Interesting Trash We Found on the Side of Miami Streets (31)EXPAND
Photo by Kyle Munzenrieder

And here's the line where Melo Group's property ends and the abandoned home next door begins. 

The Most Interesting Trash We Found on the Side of Miami Streets (32)EXPAND
Photo by Kyle Munzenrieder

Of course, we'll end with the biggest trash to plague this city: Miami New Times


Sponsor Content

Newsletters

All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories
    Send:

Newsletters

All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >