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Apr

How ‘waste crime’ is costing governments millionsIt’s often thought of as a minor misdemeanor, but illegal dumping of trash has a real price tag, and it’s often linked to organized crime.

How ‘waste crime’ is costing governments millions
It’s often thought of as a minor misdemeanor, but illegal dumping of trash has a real price tag, and it’s often linked to organized crime.

02

Apr

10 beautifully useful things made from ‘useless’ trash
By ‘inspiring the world to see waste differently,’ a new book challenges old ideas about what garbage is.

04

Mar

Want to climb Mount Everest? Bring extra trash bagsStarting in April, anyone who climbs Mount Everest in Nepal will be legally required to collect not just their own garbage, but also at least 17.6 pounds of trash left on the mountain by previous climbers.

Want to climb Mount Everest? Bring extra trash bags
Starting in April, anyone who climbs Mount Everest in Nepal will be legally required to collect not just their own garbage, but also at least 17.6 pounds of trash left on the mountain by previous climbers.

19

Aug

Sweden runs out of garbage, forced to import from NorwaySweden, a recycling-happy land where a quarter of a million homes are powered by the incineration of waste, is facing a unique dilemma: The nation has run out of much-needed fuel.

Sweden runs out of garbage, forced to import from Norway
Sweden, a recycling-happy land where a quarter of a million homes are powered by the incineration of waste, is facing a unique dilemma: The nation has run out of much-needed fuel.

Think before you take trashAbout 60 percent of the trash found on the streets in the San Francisco Bay area is fast-food and convenience store items. That’s unnecessary.

Think before you take trash
About 60 percent of the trash found on the streets in the San Francisco Bay area is fast-food and convenience store items. That’s unnecessary.

08

Feb


 How a Renoir almost got tossed in the trash, and other tales of salvaged treasure 



Next time you pick up a cheap painting with the intention of using it as a dartboard, make sure it’s not worth loads of cash.
Next time you pick up a cheap painting with the intention of using it as a dartboard, make sure it’s not worth loads of cash.

04

Feb


 Why are people eating their own trash?



The ocean food web is contaminated by trash and garbage, and it’s ending up in our diets.
The ocean food web is contaminated by trash and garbage, and it’s ending up in our diets.

17

Jul

The Garbage Men make beautiful music from trashFlorida high schoolers create trashy rock using instruments made entirely from recycled materials.

The Garbage Men make beautiful music from trash
Florida high schoolers create trashy rock using instruments made entirely from recycled materials.

22

Jun

Mind your textile wasteHere’s the skinny on trash trends: Of the roughly 13 million tons of textiles tossed each year, only about 15% are recovered for reuse or recycling.

Mind your textile waste
Here’s the skinny on trash trends: Of the roughly 13 million tons of textiles tossed each year, only about 15% are recovered for reuse or recycling.

21

Jun

Centuries-old trash carpets Sydney HarborFrom plastic bags and bottles to old bicycles and bathtubs, Sydney is plagued by submarine litter, some of it reportedly 200 years old. But teams of volunteer divers are now working to clean up the mess, one piece of trash at a time.

Centuries-old trash carpets Sydney Harbor
From plastic bags and bottles to old bicycles and bathtubs, Sydney is plagued by submarine litter, some of it reportedly 200 years old. But teams of volunteer divers are now working to clean up the mess, one piece of trash at a time.