August 27, 2019, 12pm PDT
There are many environmental benefits to bioenergy, particularly when the feedstock comes from waste, as opposed to agricultural products that could be used for food. A new study applies life cycle analysis to four types of waste matter.
August 10, 2019, 11am PDT
What is expected to be the nation's largest dairy biogas operation opened in the Central Valley. To the north, Gov. Kate Brown signed the nation's first bill to establish goals to add renewable gas to pipelines, and pigs in Missouri also made news.
February 27, 2019, 2pm PST
Urban planners can play a role in ensuring the best possible waste management practices are implemented whenever possible.
January 4, 2019, 2pm PST
Thanks to two recent New York State court rulings, disposable food and beverage containers will no longer be made from polystyrene in the nation's largest city. The ban was originally proposed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in February 2013.
September 19, 2018, 11am PDT
The breach of the coal ash landfill by a former coal-burning power plant in Wilmington, North Carolina serves as a reminder that even after coal plants are shuttered, the by-products of the world's most polluting fossil fuel can still cause harm.
December 22, 2015, 9am PST
Juneau, Alaska's tiny capital city, is not accessible from elsewhere by road. Its isolation makes waste disposal problematic and expensive, spurring an aggressive recycling effort.
August 20, 2015, 5am PDT
East Coast states will no longer be able to send their waste to a landfill in Kentucky—where regulators and residents clearly got more than they bargained for.
January 15, 2015, 10am PST
President Barack Obama hopes to add to his "climate legacy" by having the EPA adopt the nation's first regulations to reduce methane emissions, the second most prevalent greenhouse gas emission after carbon dioxide, but far more powerful.
October 24, 2013, 10am PDT
A pair of articles in The New York Times look at two different kinds of waste generated from North Dakota's booming oil industry: natural gas from oil wells is burned due to the absence of pipelines, and the disposal of waste in landfills.
The New York Times - Energy & Environment
February 6, 2013, 1pm PST
State and local governments across the United States are beginning to divert waste from landfills and promote organic composting.
The Washington Post - Health & Science
February 22, 2012, 8am PST
As city officials introduce plans to overhaul waste disposal in the capital of Mexico, a deeply rooted constituency fights back.
November 15, 2011, 9am PST
The master-planned community of Suncoast Meadows in Land O' Lakes, Florida was built partially on a former landfill site. Home buyers were never told, and are now unsure of the value of their homes.
August 31, 2010, 8am PDT
Legislation working its way through the Honolulu City Council could require construction companies doing work in the Hawaiian city to recycle or reuse as much as 60% of construction materials.
October 22, 2009, 6am PDT
The New York Times examines a handful of places in the US embracing zero-waste policies, how they're doing it, and what challenges lie ahead.
September 13, 2009, 1pm PDT
Landfills produce a lot of methane gas, one of the main greenhouse gases contributing to global warming. In an effort to both reduce that impact and responsibly reuse the gas, some municipalities are converting it into energy.
March 12, 2009, 9am PDT
This piece from <em>The Economist</em> looks at human-caused waste, how different economies generate it differently, and how they deal with it.
February 23, 2009, 6am PST
With few options besides sending food scraps to landfills, New Yorkers are composting in their homes.
December 5, 2008, 7am PST
Elected officials in the Atlanta area decide to relocate a historic cemetery to make room for a landfill. NAACP officials believe the relocation fits a pattern of racial discrimination.
September 5, 2008, 6am PDT
Corrupt and inconsistent mob-controlled garbage collection in Naples, Italy, has left the city swimming in uncollected trash and with little hope of a resolution.
June 4, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>A new technology called plasma gasification may make landfills a thing of the past, and make city garbage collection a profitable service.</p>