Watch Recycled Paper Go From NYC Trash to Brand-New Boxes

New York City fills recycle bins with tons and tons of discarded paper. That cast-off fiber lives to serve another day, thanks to the wonders of recycling. NYC Sanitation's director of photography Michael Anton followed that voyage from start to finish, creating this beautiful timelapse of the process. » 9/11/14 10:43am 9/11/14 10:43am

A "Dumpcano" of Trash Erupted in the Arctic and Won't Stop Burning

It began rather quietly as a underground fire at a dump in Canada's remote northern reaches. Then in May, the fire "erupted," spewing forth flames and toxic fumes over the city of Iqaluit. Faced with a football field-sized smoldering dump fire, this week the city council finally scrounged up the $2.2 million to put it… » 8/08/14 5:37pm 8/08/14 5:37pm

There's Garbage in the Deepest, Most Remote Parts of the Ocean

Our planet's oceans are huge and mysterious, and there are still stretches of the ocean floor that remain unexplored. But that doesn't mean they're pristine and untouched: a new study found even the deepest, most remote areas of the oceans contain man-made litter. As a species, we're just a bunch of slobs. » 5/01/14 11:01am 5/01/14 11:01am

A Tour of the Largest Commingled Recycling Plant in the U.S.

As of last month, New York City's Sunset Park waterfront is home to the largest commingle recycling facility in the nation. After its inaugural run on opening day, the facility shut down for some final tweaks and testing before it opens full time. During this period of maintenance, Gizmodo visited the new facility for… » 1/03/14 11:00am 1/03/14 11:00am

Our Garbage Is the Most Accurate Time Capsule of All

Time capsules are meant to give future generations a glimpse of what life was like many years ago. But not surprisingly, humans tend to fill time capsules with only the good artifacts of a civilization, making the story seem rosier than it really was. So when archaeologists and researchers want to find out the real » 8/19/13 8:45am 8/19/13 8:45am

A Garbage-Crushing Trash Can You Control With Your Bare Hands

Who likes taking out the trash? Nobody, that's who. We'll do anything we can to avoid trips to the curb, or the garbage chute, including letting it pile up for weeks on end. But a giant mountain of stinking trash in your kitchen isn't the only solution. This stainless steel trash can includes a manual compressor » 6/26/13 11:09am 6/26/13 11:09am