PILL: Permaculture Urbanism short story: “Going to, waste”

An idealistic college student and aspiring hacker stumbles upon Bill Mollison’s Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual. A lifelong city-dweller, they wonder what permaculture would look like in the city. Becoming preoccupied with the patterns of waste and extraction they start to see everywhere (in takeaways and sinks and trash collection) they embark on retrofitting the material flows shaping urban life around them. Quickly, they encounter rigid social and economic protocols: inherited practices that no one seems willing or able to see outside of. This is a story conflict and negotiation between them and their neighbours – between imagination and ossification.