Here's how HP recycles its ink cartridges — and works on climate pledges

Aug 2, 2022
We visit an 80,000-square-foot facility in La Vergne, Tennessee, where the cartridges are taken apart and readied for their next life.
James McCall, left, and Kai Ryssdal stand next to one of the hundreds of boxes filled with used HP ink cartridges.
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"Refilleries" give consumers a way to reuse plastic bottles and cut waste

Jun 13, 2022
Businesses are reviving an old model to reduce single-use plastic in an effort to curb plastic pollution and fight climate change.
Samantha Keough browses the plastic-free products at Lite Foot, a mobile refillery that helps customers reuse containers instead of throwing out plastic.
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French company is recycling used face masks into useful objects

Jun 10, 2022
The company takes used and discarded symbols of the pandemic and turns them into items such as coat hangers and classroom rulers.
Plaxtil co-founder Jean-Marc Neveu with used face masks in the factory where they are transformed.
John Laurenson

Garbage collection slows in many cities as COVID-19 hampers staffing

Jan 13, 2022
Municipalities around the country have had to delay or reschedule trash pickup days.
Cities across the country are seeing trash pile up as omicron spreads.
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What common household items are worth recycling?

Aug 12, 2021
The first thing you need to do is find out what your local municipality accepts. And don't put recyclables in plastic bags.
A woman wearing a face mask and a plastic bag pulls a cart loaded with bags of recyclables through the streets of lower Manhattan during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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More pro sports teams look to reduce waste at games

Jul 15, 2021
Volunteers on the Atlanta Hawks' Zero Waste Squad help fans put compostable cups and plates and recyclable cans and bottles into the correct bins.
Sofi Armenakian is the Atlanta Hawks’ director of sustainability. The Hawks want to keep  90% of the waste from their games out of landfills through recycling and composting.
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Can plastic-eating bacteria help cut down on pollution?

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Oct 26, 2020
British and American researchers have developed a “super-enzyme” to reduce the cost and improve the efficiency of recycling of plastic waste.
Municipal workers clear plastic from a canal in Bangkok in June.
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Eliminating the concept of waste from the economy

Aug 19, 2020
For architect William McDonough, an economy of the future is a "circular economy."
"If we're destroying the Earth, we have to ask ourselves, is this is our intention? And if it's not, perhaps we need a new design," architect William McDonough says.
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California weighs measure on single-use plastic

Aug 6, 2020
The Circular Economy bill is supported by hundreds of organizations. But the California Chamber of Commerce opposes it.
The bill would require 75% of single-use plastic packaging in California to be reduced or recycled into something else by the year 2030.
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Who's responsible for the plastic waste in our waterways?

Nov 27, 2019
One Pennsylvania-based researcher says she wants companies that produce plastic that winds up as waste to be accountable for it.
Trash collected by plastic researcher Sherri Mason and her students dries out on screens, then they will catalog each piece, and input what they find in a database.
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