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Emily Lanoue

25 September 2019

Athens, Georgia, United States

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Grocery stores across the nation have explored creative solutions to recycle plastic bags, including melting them into new bags and even using the material to build compact lumber and playground equipment. In Athens, ...

Shake the World

Aleksandr Nechaev

2 September 2019

Santiago, Chile

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This podcast is an interview with Gonzalo Muñoz, the founder of a successful recycling organization called Triciclos that started in Chile and has since reached 8 other countries. Triciclos was the first certified B c...

The Guardian

Oliver Franklin-Wallis

17 August 2019

England

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After decades of recycling plastic, the world is now coming to terms with the waste industry it has created, and seeking more sustainable models. One promising model is material recovery facilities, like England’s Gre...

The Guardian

Holly Dicker

14 August 2019

Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Abandoned buildings can become spaces for economic innovation and experimentation. An abandoned resort spa in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, now houses BlueCity, an ecosystem of sustainable enterprises. The initiative al...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Press

12 August 2019

Wilmington, Delaware, United States

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In Wilmington, Delaware, Gaye Harley repurposes her hospital's operating room wraps, the oversize sheets of synthetic material used to package instruments, into portable maps for the homeless. Instead of disposing of ...

Bitterroot

Maggie Mertens

9 August 2019

Portland, Oregon, United States

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After China stopped buying recycling near the end of 2017, Oregon faced mounting piles of mixed recycling that seemed bound for the landfill--a move that might have been illegal under Oregon law. Instead, the state's ...

The New York Times

Anemona Hartocollis

27 July 2019

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

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The recycling economy is helping Ivory Coast overcome a building shortage and create jobs. The Fighting Women, a community organization in Abidjan, collect plastic waste to resell to manufacturers. In partnership with...

DigBoston

Karine Vann

26 July 2019

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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Package-free shopping encourages more sustainable consumption. In Cambridge, Massachusetts, Cleenland offers package-free household products, including shampoo and cleaners. Customers use their own containers and pay ...

Smithsonian

Teresa Carey

24 July 2019

Leonardtown, Maryland, United States

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To avoid the waste that would incur from demolishing structures such as houses and apartment buildings, a reuse center in Maryland works with deconstruction crews to disassemble the buildings and then sells the salvag...

Los Angeles Times

Susan Spillman

19 July 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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For one family, living plastic-free was a lifestyle decision made after they learned more about the harm that plastic waste causes. The Watt family lives as plastic-free as possible – carrying their own utensils, buyi...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Nick Fiorellini

3 July 2019

Annadale-on-Hudson, New York, United States

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Recycling and repurposing second hand items helps to reduce a community’s carbon footprint. At Bard College in New York, the FreeUse Store collects second hand items from students and redistributes them free of charge...

Columbia Missourian

Alexis Allison

3 July 2019

Branson, Missouri, United States

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Overcoming the causes of social isolation plays a crucial role in combating food insecurity. From faith-based community meals paired with job programs in Branson, to food recycling initiatives that tap into local mark...

The Guardian

Ammar Kalia

18 June 2019

Eskilstuna, Sweden

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Recycling provides an economic alternative to heavy industry. In the former steel town of Eskilstuna, recovery from economic decline has meant re-platforming into a model of sustainability. From the city’s second-hand...

Christian Science Monitor

Lisa Rabasca Roepe

13 June 2019

United States

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New startups are recycling worn fabrics as a way to combat the environmental impact of the fashion industry. Knickey is a subscription service where people can trade in worn-out underwear for a new pair of organic cot...

Seven Days

Ken Picard

12 June 2019

South Burlington, Vermont, United States

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The Vermont nonprofit, RecycleBalls, has partnered with over 950 tennis facilities to collect and recycle used tennis balls. The organization has collected more than 1.7 million thus far, and using a processor is able...

KMGH-TV

Kumasi Aaron

7 June 2019

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Across America, there is a food insecurity problem that increasingly impacts children as they head into summer breaks from school. To address the gap that is created during this time, a school district in Denver, Colo...

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Griffin Finck

6 June 2019

Malibu, California, United States

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Pepperdine University is having some trouble as they try to go about achieving the goal set by the California government stating that 75% of waste must be diverted by 2050. This article covers the specifics of the con...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jill Harkins

3 June 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A new social enterprise called rePurpose asks consumers to estimate their plastic usage and pay to offset it. Then, the organization funds worker cooperatives in India that provide more stable employment and pay for ...

The Guardian

Dan Collyns

31 May 2019

Arequipa, Peru

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José Adolfo Quisocala is no ordinary 14 year old. He started a bank to teach local children to save money, and he is able to help them make money through a recycling program that rewards those who contribute paper and...

Citizen Matters

Sakshi Rao

30 May 2019

Bengaluru, India

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In Bengaluru, India, Anthill Creations has created dozens of playgrounds, or "play scapes" as they call them, using recycled tire scraps that are safe and fun. Serving over 10,000 children, Anthill's play scapes allow...

Christian Science Monitor

Rishika Pardikar

9 May 2019

Bengaluru, India

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Separating mixed waste efficiently with technology can help where waste segregation policies are lacking. In Bangalore, India, a machine called Trashbot sorts mixed waste into biodegradable and non-biodegradable compo...

Deutsche Welle (DW)

Chelsea Wald

6 May 2019

Surabaya, Indonesia

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In Surabaya, Indonesia, an unusual approach to composting is helping reduce waste. BSF technology is short for “black soldier fly,” a type of maggot that devours organic waste. Once it grows, it acts as a food source ...

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Jon Chrisos

29 April 2019

Iowa, United States

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Every year, unused medications are thrown away costing states millions of dollars. A program in Iowa that has now spread to other states throughout the nation is tackling this issue by recycling and repurposing these ...

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Olivia Fecteau

26 April 2019

Medina, Ohio, United States

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Turning sewage sludge into usable biogas helps make wastewater treatment more efficient. A water treatment plant in the city of Medina, Ohio, produces net energy from sludge. The plant uses anaerobic bacteria and a th...

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Monica Humphries

23 April 2019

United States

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For people wanting to dispose of their firearms, RAWtools offers a unique opportunity. Understanding that the process can be challenging and emotional, they recycle weapons into gardening tools through their Swords to...

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