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Justice Nwafor

26 July 2021

Lagos, Nigeria

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Teams of recyclers in Nigeria gather plastic bottles from the streets and landfills and brings them to recycling plants where they can exchange the waste for money. HISL Recyclers collects this waste — which usually c...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Peter Yeung

5 July 2021

Colombia

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In Colombia, there are about 50,000 waste pickers, they collect and sort through trash to findrecyclabless to make a living. Their livelihood was threatened in the 1990s after Colombia adopted neoliberal policies that...

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Katherine Latham

11 May 2021

United Kingdom

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There are several chemical recycling methods being tested throughout the world, including one of the latest ones in the United Kingdom. Mura Technology is building the world’s first commercial-scale plant that can rec...

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Breanna Draxler

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Natasha Chassagne

10 May 2021

Lilongwe, Malawi

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From collecting plastic to transforming it into infrastructure, communities all over the world are implementing solutions to tackle the growing amount of plastic waste. In Malawi, women are separating garbage from pla...

The Bitter Southerner

Jessica Bradley Wells

27 April 2021

Dillsboro, North Carolina, United States

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Jackson County Green Energy Park uses methane leaking from a closed landfill to power blacksmithing and glassblowing studios. The county cleared 550 tons of loose debris and drilled thirteen 70-80-foot wells to captur...

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Nathaniel Basen

22 April 2021

Kingston, Ontario, Canada

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After lithium-ion batteries from iPhones, laptops, or electric cars are used up, the Ontario-based company LiCycle recycles parts of them to be reused in new batteries or in other products. While the recycling process...

Hakai Magazine

Pip Knight

9 April 2021

Canary Islands, Spain

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A pilot experiment in the Canary Islands seeks to recycle brine waste from desalination plants to grow hydroponic tomatoes. The leftover brine can be harmful for seagrass along the coast, so researchers looked into wa...

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Kanchan Srivastava

5 April 2021

Chintalkunta, Telangana, India

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A teenager in India came up with a solution to combat the plastic waste crisis that usually comes with planting trees. Srija created a biodegradable pot made out of groundnut shells that decomposes in the soil after 2...

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Richard Chin

29 March 2021

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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A clean tech startup called Forever Ware created reusable, stainless steel containers for restaurants to use instead of single-use takeout containers. So far, four restaurants in Minneapolis are participating in the p...

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Charlotte Horn

23 March 2021

Winterthur, Switzerland

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A warehouse in Switzerland is being transformed into new creative workspaces. The catch: It’s being constructed out of reused building materials. About 70 percent of it is being made from old materials like wood floor...

The Pointer

Nida Zafar

18 March 2021

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

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Older electronics are being refurbished and redistributed to those in need by Renewed Computer Technology. The federally funded, Canadian nonprofit collected 13,500 computers and laptops last year for schools, librari...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Blatt Press

25 February 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A residential recycling program in Philadelphia is picking up electronics and clothing from homes for a fee. Retrievr has already prevented 100,000 pounds of waste from ending up in landfills. The program was implemen...

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Hannah Chinn

24 February 2021

New York, New York, United States

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RefashionNYC provides bins for commercial and residential buildings with more than 10 units, though the Department of Sanitation, to recycle clothes and textiles. When full, the contents are sorted by Housing Works, w...

Climate Tracker

Vaishnavi Rathore

19 February 2021

India

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Fly ash bricks help reduce construction waste by utilizing the powdery by-product of burning coal. They are a green replacement for red clay bricks, which contribute to 5-15% of India’s emissions. They also utilize wa...

Bloomberg CityLab

Linda Poon

17 February 2021

St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

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In the months after businesses covered their storefronts with plywood as cities erupted in social-justice protests, environmental and other community groups in many cities organized recycling campaigns to reuse the pl...

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Peter Yeung

28 January 2021

Paris, France

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Paris hosts a dozen "repair cafes," which are free, monthly events where residents can fix household objects and electronics with the help and advice of volunteers. The events usually have about 25 attendees who seek ...

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Danylo Herasymov

16 December 2020

Mykolayiv, Ukraine

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Ukraine ranked No.9 on the list of countries with the highest amount of trash per capita. In Mykolayiv, the city partnered with a nonprofit to sort waste at public schools. “A total of 20,000 students took part last y...

The Washington Post

Jessica Wolfrom

10 December 2020

Alexandria, Virginia, United States

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Mason & Greens is a zero-waste store that reduces environmental impact by selling package-free items, from shampoo bars to organic produce. Dry goods and the wines, oils, and kombucha on tap are bought with reusable c...

The Guardian

Eleanor Ainge Roy

16 November 2020

Christchurch, New Zealand

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Officials in Christchurch use a public reward and shaming system to motivate proper recycling sorting after only 48% of recycling was able to be accepted. Residents who correctly sort contents receive a large gold sta...

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Jane C. Hu

29 October 2020

New Jersey, United States

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A company known as TerraCycle recycles "items other companies won’t accept" – including the many masks, gowns, and gloves that have been used during the coronavirus pandemic. While the service is free for those who ca...

Hothouse Solutions

Michael J. Coren

12 October 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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What started as a small group of people taking pictures of waste in their communities and tagging it on Instagram with the hashtag #Litterati, turned into a global effort, and even an app, to map and dispose of trash....

Citizen TV Kenya

Yvonne Okwara-Matole

28 September 2020

Kenya

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Gjenge Makers Ltd is an alternative building product manufacturing company that creates products – such as pavers and blocks – out of recycled plastics. Founded by four Kenyan engineers, the team began by studying the...

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Claire Elise Thompson

21 September 2020

New York, New York, United States

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To make food and cleaning products more accessible to those experiencing economic hardship, the startup Algramo has installed more than 2,500 automated bulk-dispensing systems throughout Chile where people can purchas...

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Julie Ball

15 September 2020

Brazil

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Rainforest Connection makes a smartphone app that is part of a system using solar-powered phones in the rainforests of Brazil, Sumatra, Costa Rica, and Peru to stream audio of suspected illegal logging. This system, u...

The Narwhal

Matt Simmons

15 September 2020

Vancouver Island, Canada

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Expeditions to clean up debris from the coastline are underway along the B.C. coast after an ecotourism company was forced to stop tours during the pandemic. The project is largely funded by the B.C. government’s Clea...

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