California's Glass Beach is a striking example of how garbage can be transformed into something beautiful.
In the 1950's, residents of nearby Fort Bragg would throw their garbage over the cliffs and onto what is now known as Glass Beach. Back then, it was known as "The Dumps" and this growing garbage pile was occasionally reduced by burning.
This practice of dumping and burning was ended in 1967 and city leaders began the long process of cleaning up the mess. The best cleaner upper was not man, but mother nature. Several decades of waves pounding the leftover glass and debris has created a beach filled with small, smooth colored pebbles that are absolutely gorgeous. [Glass Beach]