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Someone's Come Up With an Ashtray That Rewards Smokers for Not Littering

"Fumo" emits happy beeps and blipping lights anytime it's fed a cigarette butt.

Christopher Pham et al.

The Ocean Floor Is Littered with Humanity's Garbage

Researchers say they were "shocked" to find so much plastic, glass, and fishing equipment all over the seafloor.

Reuters

Rio's Smelly Carnival

Sanitation workers went on strike during the big event, leaving the streets covered in trash.

Anchorage Museum

Fascinating Art Inspired by the 'Great Pacific Garbage Patch'

Never has deadly marine debris looked so beautiful.

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Plastic Packing Bands Are Strangling Seals and Sea Lions

A common packing strap is responsible for more than half of Alaska's Stellar sea-lion entanglements.

Reuters

Madrid's Streets Are Covered in Garbage

The city's 6,000 cleaners have been on strike for more than a week. That's bad news for anyone who wants to walk outside.

John Locke

New York Could Get a Classroom Inside a Dumpster

The proposed learning center looks like a blimp got stuck in a rubbish bin.

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A Necessary War on Garbage Trucks

Inside New York City's plan to reduce the annual miles driven by its sanitation department.

A Block-by-Block Map of Brooklyn, in Garbage

No, Jennifer Maravillas is not crazy. But she does walk the streets picking up interesting pieces of trash.

Artist Turns London's Garbage Piles Into Bizarre Monsters

With bright paint and an eye out for the police, Francisco de Pájaro transforms street rubbish into hilarious googly-eyed freaks.

Amanda Durbin

The Melancholy Beauty of San Francisco's Street Mattresses

"There could be rotting flesh and feces on a mattress," says photographer Amanda Durbin, "and I'd still snap a photo before I called the authorities."

Mark Andrew Boyer

San Francisco's Trash Inspectors Get Up Earlier Than You Do

Behind the scenes of the city's aggressive campaign to monitor and educate people about exactly what should get thrown away.

Deutsche + Guggenheim

The Inescapable Patterns of Garbage

Artist Gabriel Orozco has applied a fresh logic to trash-as-art.

Mark Bergen

The Developing World's Most Innovative City for Trash Management Is ... Bangalore?

The Indian city is setting itself up as a model for how struggling cities can better handle waste disposal.

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After Deaths, Villagers Block Trucks From Dumping Bangalore's Trash

Garbage piles on the streets of the Indian city as villagers protest dump's contamination.

Reuters

With Urbanization Comes Mountains of Trash

Cities in developing countries will see waste management challenges skyrocket as they continue to grow.

Andela/YouTube

Turning Old Beer Bottles Into Garden Mulch

Is there anything high-speed flexible impactors can't flail into gold?

Cincinnati Does Not Smell Like Used Kitty Litter

The real scent of the Ohio city is far more complex.

Reuters

Can Hong Kong Solve its Garbage Crisis?

The cramped city-state is only years away from running out of landfill space.