A garbage-obsessed Southern California boy found an unusual place to celebrate his seventh birthday last weekend: the local dump.
About 40 kids and their parents attended Michael Wong-Sasso's party at the Sunshine Canyon Landfill on Saturday, reports Wendy Thermos in the Los Angeles Times. Highlights of the event included cake, crafts and climbing on a pile of "clean dirt" thoughtfully provided by the landfill operator. What's so great about solid waste? "I like the big trucks. I like putting trash where it belongs. I like making the world cleaner," the birthday boy tells Thermos. "We don't know where this interest in trash comes from," sighs his mother. "He's been this way since he was 2."
If trash is his passion, Tullytown, Pa., may be young Michael's Disneyland. The small town near Trenton is dominated by a mountain of garbage known as Mount Trashmore, wrote Peter Kilborn earlier this year in The New York Times.
More trash! Waste Age magazine profiled the refuse-loving tyke in an article published last year; an AP story about the same offbeat birthday party is clearly lifted, uncredited, from Thermos' article.
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