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.
March 14, 2014, 10am PDT
Yes, one is with and the other without oxygen, and both divert waste from the landfill—but in terms of the end products, what is the advantage of anaerobic digestion? Simply put, does society face a shortage of compost or renewable energy?
September 10, 2013, 5am PDT
The candidates competing to emerge from today's mayoral primary confront a host of challenges that threaten the quality of life in the Big Apple. Five experts identify the issues they believe are key to improving the city's livability.
October 20, 2012, 7am PDT
Is waste disposal a local or regional issue? A new CA law written by a S.F. lawmaker nullifies a voter-approved Solano County measure that limits the amount of outside garbage their landfill can accept. It is being challenged by environmental groups.
The Wall Street Journal - San Francisco Bay Area
October 17, 2012, 6am PDT
Without the wealth for recycling, Indian cities like Bangalore rely on informal traders to collect and sell recyclable materials. Could this tech hub provide a model of trash disposal for cities in the developing and developed world alike?
June 15, 2012, 11am PDT
Nate Berg looks at one of the overlooked challenges emerging from the world's rapid urbanization - the rise in municipal solid waste. A new report documents the problem.
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.
February 13, 2012, 7am PST
Katherine Fung pens a feature in <em>The Architect's Newspaper</em> on the recent wave of projects seeking to improve the way our waste management infrastructure looks and works.
The Architect's Newspaper
January 4, 2011, 8am PST
Four billion pounds of old carpet get dumped every year in the United States, and five pounds of oil goes into producing a single pound of nylon. New recycling methods could save all that oil by producing new nylon from old with little energy cost.
September 18, 2009, 6am PDT
M.I.T.'s Senseable City Laboratory launched a project to track the journey of garbage and recyclables, using small electronic sensors, in Seattle and New York City, in part to highlight the high cost of waste to the environment and cities.
August 13, 2009, 10am PDT
In Corpus Christi, Texas, officials have entered a public-private partnership to give people more reasons to recycle.
Corpus Christi Caller-Times
June 5, 2009, 1pm PDT
Planetizen's Nate Berg reports on the latest trend in waste management: 'living machines' that treat human sewage in-house using plants.
May 11, 2009, 2pm PDT
Using waste to create alternative energy is a strategy the Obama administration is neglecting, says North America’s largest garbage hauler Waste Management Inc.
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.
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.
December 11, 2008, 7am PST
London's Wembley City development is the proud owner of the first automated waste collection system in the U.K. Recycling or garbage are deposited in bins, then sucked underground, eliminating the need for trucks or garbage collectors.
October 25, 2008, 5am PDT
Dow Jones Architects of London are proposing to create "waste towers", designed to compress waste locally before transporting to landfills outside the city.
October 9, 2008, 11am PDT
A proposal to turn part of a 6,000-hectare copper mine into a landfill has just been given the green light for an environmental assessment. The garbage dump would bury 250,000 metric tons of garbage from 25 local communities annually.
September 12, 2008, 11am PDT
The city of Los Angeles forms a task force of prosecutors, police, and others to combat illegal disposal of trash all over town.
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.