Recycling

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How This Chicago Restaurant Produced Zero Waste

Going green all the way.

Craig L. Wilkins

These Detroit Bus Stop Benches Are Made From Demolished Homes

An effort to turn neglected spaces into pleasant zones for taking a load off.

Andreas Scheiger

Old Bicycle Parts Become Brilliant New Bike Racks

Recycling, Picasso-style.

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A Functional Trike Made From Recycled Household Parts

Think beach chairs, scooters, and other junk just lying around.

Adam Minter

How China Became the World's Junkyard Capital

The country is at the center of the international scrap recycling universe, and the environmental impacts aren't always pretty.

Coming Soon to a Favela Near You: A Machine That Turns Old Soda Cans Into Furniture

The Rube Goldbergian "mobile foundry" smelts aluminum cans into helpful objects for your butt.

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People Are Less Likely to Recycle Stuff That's Crumpled, Cut Apart, or Deformed

The weird psychology of deciding what to do with your trash.

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Tulsa Has Been Billing Residents to Recycle Green Waste … Then Burning It

Oops.

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Overcoming the 'Ick' Factor in Urban Composting

Simplifying both the message and the process has worked wonders for San Francisco.

Colin Selig

Sustainable, Stylish Furniture Made From Cut-Up Propane Tanks

Using a plasma cutter, Colin Selig makes couches that would make Hank Hill jump with joy.

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Let Me Recycle That For You. Please.

In Buenos Aires, thousands of informal workers are ready to take on the task of improving the city's trash woes, if only the government would let them.

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How Cities Can Lead the Fight Against Trash

Ideas for helping cities better manage their enormous waste streams.

5 Sustainable Infrastructure Projects Other Cities Might Want to Copy

BRT-Lite in Lagos, zero-carbon in Masdar, recycling in Curitiba, and more.

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.

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Providence Wins Mayors Challenge Prize for Early Childhood Project

The $9 million Bloomberg Philanthropies contest also awards innovations from Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia and Santa Monica.

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One Way to Keep Super Bowl Profits Local: Sell Off Every Last Bit of Material

An Indianapolis nonprofit is recycling more than five miles of banners left over from Super Bowl XLVI.

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From Coffee Cups to Climate Change, Do Local Efforts Really Matter?

Plastic bag and Styrofoam bans may seem like small potatoes. But local legislation often inspires bigger fixes.

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An Artist Transforms Old Milk Cartons Into Fluffy Clouds

A new exhibit on New York's Governors Island turns trash into funky plastic sculptures.

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Recycling Innovation of the Day: Blasting Concrete With Lightning

Who says recycling can't be fun?