A Terrorist Attack Led Japan to Remove All Its Trash Cans. Now They're Making a Comeback.
Public waste bins were largely removed from Japanese cities following the 1995 sarin gas attacks, leading residents to adapt to some particularly stringent waste disposal practices.
Viewfinder: The Philippines Returns Imported Plastic Waste to Canada
A transport vessel is berthed to load waste materials at the port in Subic Bay, north of Manila, Philippines, on May 30th, 2019.
How to Get People to Recycle: Show Them the Results
Giving consumers an idea of what a can or glass might be transformed into makes them far more likely to recycle it.
America's Most Polluting Incinerators Disproportionately Affect Low-Income Neighborhoods and Communities of Color
For decades, the federal government has attempted to better prioritize equity in environmental initiatives. A new report highlights one area in which those efforts have fallen short.
Can a Hashtag Inspire People to Keep Their Communities Clean?
The #trashtag challenge inspired people to clean up beaches, parks, rivers, or just random trash strewn on the street.
Why the Simplest, Most Effective Climate Action You Can Take Is in the Kitchen
American climate action might be stymied at the federal level, but there's one place you can still make a major difference: on your plate.
Hurricane Florence Has Already Flooded Pits of Toxic Waste in North Carolina
State agencies and environmental groups have recorded several breached or overflowing hog-waste pits and coal ash ponds—and the floodwaters are still rising.
North Carolina's Hog Waste Problem Has a Long History. Why Wasn't It Solved in Time for Hurricane Florence?
The hog industry is changing, but, as Hurricane Florence hits, history may be doomed to repeat itself.
Our Plastic Waste Is Destroying the World's Coral Reefs
New research shows the extent to which our dependence on plastic is infecting, damaging, and killing coral reefs from Thailand to Australia.
How the Chinese Could Disrupt Global Recycling Markets
Most Western nations send their unwanted scrap materials to China for reuse, but what happens if China stops accepting the waste?
Can a Team of Architects and Planners Fix New York City's Trash Problem?
The Zero Waste Guidelines are aimed at helping the city reach its goal of sending no garbage to landfills by 2030.
By Fetishizing Freshness, We’re Wasting a Lot of Edible Food
On our farms, in our stores, and at our dining tables, aesthetics and efficiency are at war. Everybody loses.
Reduce Food Waste by Removing Plastic Trays From Cafeterias
The best way to reduce food waste in cafeterias? Take away diners’ plastic trays.
Product Stewardship Bills Shift Recycling Cost To Manufacturers
Recycling is leveling off, trash is piling up and cities are broke. In a throwaway society, who should pay for waste disposal?