By Anine Fuglesang
Rasmus Møller Nielsen would like to use his festival as a volunteer garbage man. This is why he has spent time and money developing an app.
Wearing a cowboy hat, and clutching a beer instead of a rifle, 26-year-old Rasmus Møller Nielsen saddles up – not on his Jolly Jumper, but on the Christiania bike he brought along. Ready for a mission. Waste is about to be retrieved. He leaves camp Trashville in Dream City together with his friends Emil Bust and Anders Friis. They have been tipped off about four stuffed garbage bags waiting for them a short distance away.
The tip actually came from them. The camp in question agreed to place the garbage bags in a strategic spot, in honour of the photographer.
Rasmus Møller Nielsen is still waiting for this year’s festivalgoers to discover the app Trashville, which he has developed during the last month. It has been downloaded 30 times so far, but Rasmus Møller Nielsen is hoping for many more.
“We would like to get out and work, so people should download the app and write to us. When they have gathered their trash in red plastic bags, we come and get it, and it’s extra nice if they’re waiting with a warm beer,” says Rasmus Møller Nielsen.
Meeting through garbage
Camp Trashville has focused on waste and recycling since Dream City was created in 2013, and that made Rasmus Møller Nielsen develop the concept further. He began developing the Trashville app a month before the festival started, together with a Greek man he got in touch with via Facebook.
“At first, he wanted 167 DKK per hour, but when I told him it was for Roskilde Festival, he went down to 100 and loved the idea. So I told him what it should look like, while he coded the app,” says Rasmus Møller Nielsen and explains that the app has two goals:
“It would be awesome if we all took a little more responsibility, and we can start with the waste. It is also a great opportunity to get out and meet some others. You don’t get out as much when you live in Dream City, because your own camp is so nice, and I miss it a little.”
Reprimand to Roskilde
Camp Trashville proves that waste can be fun. 47 campers are enjoying themselves in the saloon built by recycled materials and decorated with lamps made of tin cans.
“We’re cowboys, and our waste is our gold. We love the spirit surrounding waste recycling. Our entire camp, and now this app, is a call for Roskilde Festival to do something more about waste collection. It’s moving too slowly. I hope they read this and realise what a good idea the app is. I think they can save a lot of money in the end if they make people collect their own trash. But they should also feel free to hire me. That’s not a problem,” says Rasmus Møller Nielsen grinning.
He is back in the saloon with the other cowboys. Ready to collect some trash.