Reuse, Recycle, and Make a Racket

In today's SoundClip, listener Keihly Moore of Iowa State University in Ames describes the sound of hundreds of cans plunging down a five-story recycling chute at the school's College of Design.

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After you finish your pizza or burgers there is the matter of disposing of all of those soft drink cans that likely went with your meal. And that act is featured in today's Sound Clip from a listener in Ames, Iowa.

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Ms. KEIHLY MOORE (Student, Iowa State University): My name is Keihly Moore. I'm a student at Iowa State in architecture. The sound that you have just heard was from bottles and cans dropping 60 feet, or five storeys, down an undulating wire mesh tube that a group called Architecture for Humanity has created in the College of Design to kick off a recycling campaign. The structure is made out of chicken wire combined with the structure of bicycle rims that support it along the five storeys of building height.

It is undulating and twists midway down the atrium, down to the atrium floor so the bottles and cans, as they fall down, ricochet off the sides and slide around and bounce off of each other, and it makes this really interesting sound that we kind of realized as we were kind of playing around with it.

(Soundbite of cans rattling)

Everyone smiles and laughs as they look at the bottles coming down. It's a very playful structure that seems to capture a lot of attention, especially when we throw down 200 bottles at a time. It makes quite a racket.

SIEGEL: Cans falling five storeys through a tube at Iowa State University in Ames brought to our attention by listener Keihly Moore. If things tumble, bounce, splatter, squish or splat in your life and the noise they make is worth sharing, visit and search for the word Sound Clips.

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