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Solutions journalism is news about how communities and organizations are responding to social and environmental problems. This collection contains solutions stories about of the challenges and successes in household recycling. A lack of public education and higher costs in rural areas have caused many recycling programs in the U.S. to struggle. However, some small towns like Swink, CO, have beaten the odds to build successful rural recycling programs. Taiwan and Kamikatsu, Japan have achieved some of the highest rates of recycling in the world through education and enforcement of recycling rules. 

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Stories In This Collection (5)

'Zero waste' town recycles most of its trash

'Zero waste' town recycles most of its trash
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Gold star for you: New Zealand council puts stickers on bins of best recyclers

Gold star for you: New Zealand council puts sti...
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Recycling can be a hard sell in rural Colorado. That hasn't discouraged a resourceful nonprofit effort in Swink.

Recycling can be a hard sell in rural Colorado....
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Taiwan has one of the highest recycling rates in the world. Here's how that happened.

Taiwan has one of the highest recycling rates i...
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The Conflict of Interest That Is Killing Recycling

The Conflict of Interest That Is Killing Recycling
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