Exchanging trash for subway tickets in China

Beverage companies hate them, but time and again it’s been shown that states that mandate financial rewards for recycling enjoy much higher recycling rates. People love money. Fact. In the U.S. there are only a handful of states that offer these “bottle bills” and it’s still a pain in the butt process (collect cans, schlep to redemption center, wait in line for payment).

Antarctica filling up with trash

The precious Antarctic environment is turning into a rubbish dump, ecologists from Germany's Jena University are warning.

Wind, solar sought for epic NY trash heap

New York City is a big city, and it's been big for a long time - long enough to create, and close, a huge landfill, known as Fresh Kills. 

Afghani city builds its own internet

With internet censorship sweeping the globe, one group in Afghanistan has the answer - build your own from cheap parts and trash.

Oceanic 'Garbage Patch' smaller than claimed

The amount of plastic trash floating in the Pacific Ocean's 'Great Garbage Patch' is nowhere near as great as has been made out, an Oregon State University scientist says.

Roman hotel is built from trash

A hotel constructed from rubbish collected from beaches has opened its doors in Rome.