Waste Disposal in US Landfills Has Been Underestimated by 115%

The amount of municipal waste being disposed of in the US is more than double – 262 million tonnes (metric tons) versus 122 million tonnes in 2012 – previous estimates, our new study shows. We also found that the US has plenty of space to put it all – more than 70 years’ worth of space, actually. »9/23/15 4:45am9/23/15 4:45am

How Can I Get This Horse-Powered Garbage Truck To My Neighborhood?

I had just decided that the sanitation trucks which come rumbling down my street at dawn—spewing diesel, making my house shudder, flinging the occasional recycling bin across the street with their robot arms—are a necessary nuisance for a city dweller. Until I saw this trash collection service that uses horse-drawn… »5/13/15 3:16pm5/13/15 3:16pm

Video: The crazy story of hand making skateboards from trash

The frenetic editing of this video highlights the out of the box thinking that enabled Mac Premo and Sanford Shapes to create skateboards out of trash. It's a fun story that resulted in them repurposing leftover plastic buckets into perfectly awesome skateboard decks. The materials all come from the dumpster. »3/23/15 12:53pm3/23/15 12:53pm

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 5:37pm8/08/14 5:37pm

This pile of trash is actually a realistic portrait

What looks like a random steaming pile of trash is actually a clever piece of art that combines to create a stunning portrait. Made by artist Benard Pras, each item in the pile is strategically placed so that if you look at it from the right perspective, it looks like a painting. But if you see the junk pile from any… »6/27/14 8:41pm6/27/14 8:41pm

This Interactive Ashtray Rewards Smokers For Throwing Away Their Butts

Cigarette butts are the bane of a city's existence: you can find them almost everywhere, smashed flat on the sidewalks, stubbed into planter boxes, drifting into the gutters like tube-shaped snow. While some public spaces offer ways to dispose of those lipstick-rimmed filters, most smokers simply use the street as an… »5/02/14 5:40pm5/02/14 5:40pm

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 11:01am5/01/14 11:01am