June 29, 2009, 5am PDT
More than 30 cities and counties in California have passed some form of a ban on the use of polystyrene containers, and a new state law under consideration, AB 1358, would ban the use of polystyrene foam and non-recyclable food containers statewide.
June 15, 2009, 5am PDT
The city of San Francisco approves a plan to require composting and recycling citywide by this fall, with fines kicking in within two years.
March 21, 2009, 7am PDT
The market for recyclables has taken a sharp nosedive in recent months, challenging cities' ability to provide recycling services.
March 8, 2009, 7am PDT
The Texas Legislature is considering a bill that mirrors efforts in cities across the state and nation to reduce the use of plastic bags or charge for their use.
January 31, 2009, 11am PST
Tijuana is literally built with the development waste of nearby San Diego, California. This video by Laura Hanna shows how.
January 28, 2009, 1pm PST
New statistics show that the province of Manitoba throws out more, recycles less and conserves less water than any other province in Canada.
January 15, 2009, 9am PST
Due to consumers cutting back, the global market for recyclables has collapsed and even begun to cost some cities' recycling programs.
The Christian Science Monitor
December 8, 2008, 11am PST
With the demand for consumer goods falling, the demand for recyclable materials to manufacture them is falling too. Trash is piling up across the country, and cities are canceling their recycling programs.
December 5, 2008, 12pm PST
The current economic downturn has meant a drop in commodity prices, including for recycled materials. Now Toronto is facing the prospect of warehousing their collected recycleables until the market improves.
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.
August 27, 2008, 9am PDT
Eric Lombardi, a waste-management guru, has drawn up a fanciful plan for an "eco-cycle, zero waste park" which reimagines the dump as a composting, recycling, and educating facility.
July 29, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>As the worst recycler amongst the 30 largest American cities, Houston has a lot of trash on its hands. But many obstacles stand in the way of the city closing the loop.</p>
May 8, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>With 70 percent of its waste already diverted from landfills, San Francisco continues to push forward with new laws and programs to increase recycling.</p>
April 21, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Plans to redevelop Asia's largest slum will displace over 1 million people, many of whom earn their livelihood recycling Mumbai's trash.</p>