More working from home means we're generating more residential trash

Aug 31, 2020
Meanwhile, closed offices, stores and stadiums have been producing a lot less commercial garbage.
Workers sort recycled materials at a Maryland facility. Compared to pre-pandemic times, more refuse is being generated by homes and less by businesses.
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In New York City, getting rid of joyless junk can be complicated and costly

Feb 14, 2019
It's the urban underbelly of the Marie Kondo effect.
Manhattan’s Salvation Army on 46th Street has 20 trucks to pick up donations and two additional dump trucks to haul away unsalable items.
Leila Goldstein/Marketplace

United Kingdom council hires its own "garbage queen"

Dec 19, 2018
Brighton is getting creative with its waste disposal methods.
Cat Fletcher, Brighton's "Garbage Queen," stands outside of the Waste House, clad with carpet tiles.
Courtesy of Mimisse Beard

China is drowning in a sea of cardboard — so is the U.S.

Online shopping comes with a lot of packaging, and that packaging is becoming a problem.
Chinese laborers load cardboard onto a truck to be recycled in the Dong Xiao Kou village in Beijing in 2014.
Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

China wants nothing to do with America's trash

Oct 17, 2017
It will no longer import recycled scrap from the U.S. So what do we do with it?
Scrap metal in Long Beach, California, waits to be shipped to Asia for recycling.
JOE KLAMAR/AFP/GettyImages

2015: A Trash Odyssey

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Oct 30, 2015
Quartz and Marketplace find out littering exists in space, too.

Making money off trash

Apr 3, 2015
Selling what others throw out

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How an $8,000 garbage bin actually saves taxpayers money

Sep 26, 2013
It turns out the government can do more with Big Data than just spy -- they can use it to save money, too.

National parks take out the trash (cans)

Aug 22, 2013
Parks are increasingly translating 'Leave No Trace' into 'Leave No Trash Can.'

Why only a third of our trash is being recycled

Aug 5, 2013
More than 40 years after the “Crying Indian” campaign encouraged Americans to stop pollution, a new "Keep America Beautiful" hopes to boost recycling.