Ten years ago, just after DEHSART launched, the fine folks at KCET featured our project on ARTBOUND. “Artbound” is an Emmy® award-winning arts and culture series that examines the lives, works and creative processes of innovators making an impact in Southern California and beyond. Through broadcast episodes and local journalism, […]

A Decade Ago on ARTBOUND…

a decade of DEHSART
DEHSART began at the end of March 2013 with the first of multiple grants from the Antelope Valley Illegal Dumping Task Force. Much appreciation to all of our collaborators over the years and thank YOU for following along! Sadly, illegal dumping continues and so will DEHSART. To celebrate, please consider […]

TEN YEARS! and upcoming cleanups…

3D printed can cutter parts
We printed this tool at Create Center for the Arts to simplify obtaining aluminum sheets and discs from beverage containers. Download the files here: https://cults3d.com/en/3d-model/various/parametric-soda-can-bottle-cutter Watch the tool assembly tutorial here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T87IvQoXEGA Lots of cans were pulled post King of the Hammers at the Desert Cleanse Project camp-and-clean last weekend—even […]

3D Printed Can Cutter

#Removed while scouting for a cleanup in Llano, a #Mead #fivestar #twopocket #folder is the basis for a cellphone shade to aid viewing images, GPS coordinates, #AR apps and menus while in the field. Materials List: Tools: Double up on the mounting tape for a total of (4) pieces – […]

DIY Smartphone Sun Shield from Mead 5 Star Folder

Great for many things, take a stand on your beat. Recycle the tallest cans you can find. Collect 6 from the Mojave. Cut into 2″ strips, tape or paint, nail or staple to the electric poles. Repeat. #amplify #stopwar #attention in your #neighborhood #beat #route #copythispost by @karyl.newman

#aluminumcan #reuse

For National Public Lands Day this year we decided on a granular approach to the beverage glass surrounding beloved Giant Rock. At a solstice cleanup in 2020, we noticed a toddler playing in the unsafe sand! Made possible by a generous donation from Builders Supply, we built 5 sand sifting […]

DIY Sifting Screens #NPLD2021

In 2017, two photo albums full of snapshots, polaroids, wallet size school photos and ephemera were found under a brittlebush in Big Rock Creek Wash in Llano, CA. These images and their context within the history of the area and our current challenging times can be explored here. The online […]

Alluvial Albums in Maiden L.A. 2020

Selections from the Waste Wonderkammer – An Archive of Deserted Trash While a Wunderkammer can be a flashy exultation of wealth, one can see the hubris of human consumption by following nearly any path off asphalt in the Mojave. Artist Karyl Newman has been mapping, photographing and collecting our consumptive […]

DEHSART.com & AVConservancy team up for Maiden LA Exhibit

Re-think Representing Your Event With T-shirts The average citizen throws away 70 pounds of clothing and other textiles annually, occupying nearly 5% of landfill space and untold acres of our desert landscape when dumped in the environment. Be aware,  unwanted garments can easily be donated to area charities at storefronts, […]

ReWear – The Trouble with Textiles

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum invited Karyl Newman of Dehsart to participate in their Family Fun Day, Saturday, July 30th from 10-3 at the Yucca Valley Community Center. With the help of our friends at Harbor Freight, objects collected at a recent cleanup have been cleaned and polished, ready for creative […]

Eco-art at The Hi-Desert Nature Museum

As a result of connections made at Karyl Newman’s lecture at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum in March, she planned a collaborative cleanup of Giant Rock in Landers, CA to educate and foster appreciation of the historical site with partner trashfreeearth.org. Soon after, the Hi-Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley invited Karyl […]

Setting the Stage at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum

On Saturday, June 11th, we will be working with our friends at TrashFreeEarth.org and the Bureau of Land Management to clean up the infamous site, Giant Rock, in Landers, CA. We will provide all supplies and instruction on screening for glass recovery, safe collection techniques, recycling tips and even historical […]

Cleanup Collaboration at Giant Rock

We have some exciting news to share with you! Join DEHSART.com on Saturday, April 16 from 9am – 2pm at the Yucca Valley Community Center for a free Earth Day event. Check out the new EVENT page for all the details on this and future engagements.

April 16 – Earth Day Event

Gathered during travels to tipping sites around the desert, DEHSART’s collection of material samples demonstrates the variety and types of waste dumped in our environment. At DEHSART events, guests are invited to utilize the items in creating one of a kind art works through tracings and surface rubbings while considering the […]

Rubbing the Rubbish and Tracing the Trash

Trash in the desert is a broken record that continues to play out. Here is an article found in the archives of the Morongo Basin Historical Society describing the issue – 33 years ago – click on the image to enlarge.

Not a New Nuisance

These 16 types of waste are commonly dumped in the wrong place – our desert environment. In 2016, let’s resolve to recycle: Sofas Other Furniture Tires Mattresses Bags of Household Trash Paint Construction Materials Clothing Plastic Toys TVs Yard Waste Remodeling Debris Shoes Motor Oil Balloons Boats

Not-So-Sweet 16!

Abigail spoke up and the first community cleanup box has been installed adjacent to the vacant lots cleared of debris – all thanks to the Antelope Valley Illegal Dumping Task Force, Local Girl Scouts, Eastside High School Art Students and the City of Lancaster. We need your help to keep […]

First Community Cleanup Box Installed in Lancaster

Of repurposing cast-off items to create art, Purifoy said: “Junk art, assemblage art…it’s as close to human existence because it’s all the cast-offs we are utilizing here….So, I won’t say that assemblage art is much like itself, but it’s closer to existence than any other art form. Because it’s your […]

Junk Dada

hashtag your photos dehsart
The top #dehsart hashtag user during the month of October will win a one of a kind framed art piece and DEHSART swag bag! Celebrate the first DEHSART cleanup station box and inspire others by sharing your trash photos tagged #dehsart on Instagram!   Simply follow these instructions:   1. […]


Keep our Desert Beautiful. A large-scale clean-up event took place yesterday – a team endeavor with the City of Lancaster and Waste Management. All was accomplished because of an account by a local junior girl scout at a DEHSART event –  in attendance with her troop and first of 50 girls […]

One AV Girl Scout’s Voice Sends a Clean & Clear ...

Senior Girls Scouts of Los Angeles chapters helped build the first DEHSART Clean Up Station – an experimental initiative to inspire community clean-up action. The box is made of discarded wood and donated materials from Home Depot and Do It Best with hardware found and repurposed from an AV dumpsite. […]

Girl Scouts create the First DEHSART Clean-up Station

Karyl Newman gave a Take Action presentation to Los Angeles Area Girl Scouts to inspire them on their Journeys and help make an impact on our environment. Scouts were invited to help collect trash in their own neighborhood, report illegal dumping and bring a T-Shirt from home to customize with […]

LA Area Girl Scouts Learn About DEHSART

Taking a few minutes each day to fill a bag with trash helps make an impact on illegally dumped debris in our desert. An easy way to clean-up is to always have a bag with you. With help from our partners in Girl Scout Troop 9022, we showed scouts from […]

Make a Re-Usable Bag From An Old T Shirt

@DEHSART on Instagram
Today is @DEHSART’s two year anniversary on Instagram and the project has received another grant from the Antelope Valley Illegal Dumping Task Force! Celebrate by following @DEHSART on Instagram!                                     Contribute by sharing your illegal […]

DEHSART receives 2015 grant from the Antelope Valley Illegal Dumping ...

On April 22, 2008, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors established an annual Green Leadership Award to showcase the diverse local achievements in protecting and improving our environment. Throughout Los Angeles County, residents, businesses, nonprofit organizations, community groups and cities develop and employ innovative strategies and initiatives to enhance […]

DEHSART honored as a finalist for the LA County Green ...

DEHSART created a Public Service Announcement based on the votes from our public engagement activity that asked you what message you wanted to emphasized to activate community involvement in illegal dumping. The community overwhelmingly decided REPORTING is the message that needs to be broadcast and encouraged in the region to […]

Dehsart’s Illegal Dumping PSA

We are big fans of Alyce Santoro‘s Sonic Fabric made of re-purposed cassette tape. We find cassettes and VHS media dumped in the desert all the time. After collecting a couple of e-waste-d tape players (thanks Jason!) we hacked the play heads. An illegal dumping bumper sticker holds the emulsion […]


DEHSART set up a booth at the CalRecycle Used Oil/Household Hazardous Waste Conference held October 28 – October 31, 2013 in Sacramento to share our artistic approach to recycling and reuse of materials. The pop up display was created using repurposed plastic bags and newspaper, and featured the public artwork […]

CalRecycle UO/HHW Conference in Sacramento