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More tales from the trash challenge

Nov 9, 2007
In September, Tess carried all the trash she generated around for two weeks and challenged you to do the same. We bring you the stories of three listeners who heard the call.
Capt. Andrew Lane of the Army National Guard -- aka "Captain Planet" -- with just some of the recyclables he's saved from the dump at Fort Stewart in Georgia.
Capt. Andrew Lane

Why buy new when used will do?

Nov 9, 2007
Meet the Mullens, a family of four who've sworn off buying new consumer goods for a year. Tess follows the family through their experiment in scrounging.
Five-year-old Daphne Mullen with a couple of the homemade dolls she's giving out as gifts to her friends.
Terry Mullen

The invisible man

Nov 9, 2007
Is there any way to keep marketers from tracking you down? Steve Henn sees what it takes to make his family invisible to Madison Avenue.

Garbage across the Pacific

Nov 9, 2007
One country's garbage is another country's gold. Scott Tong takes us across the Pacific to see how America's trash has spawned a whole industry in China.

Meet the freegans

Nov 9, 2007
More than 10 percent of trash is food, but would you be willing to take a bite? Tess Vigeland trolls for the edible gems in the garbage of Manhattan with the freegans.
Freegans reap the harvest on 5th Avenue -- fresh produce, dairy products, eggs and more, all edible.
Tess Vigeland

The fix is in decline

Nov 9, 2007
How did everything suddenly switch from repairable to disposable and what does that mean for your local handyman? Sean Cole visits fix-it shops to get some answers.

Turning trash into cash

Nov 9, 2007
Landfills may be eyesores for residents, but they have money and jobs to offer communities. Amy Scott visits a Pennsylvania town stuck in the middle of the trash trade.

Tess' trash tour

Nov 9, 2007
We take our trash to the curb, but where does it go after that? Tess Vigeland rides along with her neighborhood garbage man to find out.
Tess Vigeland's trash awaits curbside for the arrival of her garbage truck driver -- and a journey to her trash's final destination.
Tess Vigeland