CNBC’s documentary, "Trash Inc: The Secret Life of
Garbage," premiers on Wednesday, September 29th at 9pm ET/PT.
Reported by CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla, "Trash Inc: The Secret Life of
Garbage," takes an inside look at what happens to our garbage after we
throw it out – where it goes, who touches it, and who makes money. Beyond
the bags piled at the curb, viewers will see the intricate logistical ballet
performed every day by armies of sanitation workers, engineers, and even
entrepreneurs, to get rid of – and sometimes get rich from – our trash.
Viewers will also get a stunning and surprising look, once we throw something
away, at where “away” can be – just part of the exploding worldwide
environmental challenge posed by garbage.
a nibble weird that a guy who describes his relationship to Christmas
as “hostile” runs around greater Los Angeles in a floppy red Santa hat
and answers his iPhone, “Merry Christmas, this is Scotty Claus!”
But bummed as false merriment and gift obligations render him, Scott
Martin — landscape architect and tree hugger in a literal sense — was
unnerved by the sight of post-Christmas trees lying about like so much
discarded sausage casing.
What people really ought to do, he reasoned, was rent a Christmas tree, and return it, alive, to the nursery after the season.
Trash study tracks how pieces of garbage may travel hundreds
MIT researchers hope study will help people better
understand impact of garbage they produce
"Can we create a situation of minimum waste?"
Seattle, Washington (CNN) -- The plastic Ziploc bag thrown
in the trash in Seattle, Washington, spent a week traveling 300 miles to an
Oregon landfill. The old Apple iBook that was recycled is a month into its
journey. And a pair of worn Asics running shoes is still logging miles even
after being dropped in a bin for used shoes.
Those are just some of the trails of trash exposed in a
high-tech trash study.
Scientists who returned to the Bay Area this week after an expedition to the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" brought piles of plastic debris they pulled out of the ocean — soda bottles, cracked patio chairs, Styrofoam chunks, old toys, discarded fishing floats and tangled nets.
But what alarmed them most, they said Tuesday, was the nearly inconceivable amount of tiny, confetti like pieces of broken plastic. They took hundreds of water samples between the Farallon Islands near San Francisco and the notorious garbage patch 1,000 miles west of California, and every one had tiny bits of plastic floating in it. And the closer they sailed to the garbage patch, which some researchers have estimated to be twice the size of Texas, the more plastic pieces per gallon they found.
Thanks to my friend Bill H., who helped start the CLYNK program, for sending this. Word is that CLYNK is looking to expand to Massachusetts, New York, and Oregon!
Portland, ME - A returnable bottle program called CLYNK is making it easier for islanders to recycle.
Many people on Casco Bay islands who might have wanted to recycle bottles and cans often tossed them in the trash instead.
But the Casco Bay Ferry crews now pick up the special green plastic bags filled with returnables.
CLYNK is in nearly two dozen Hannaford Supermarkets in Maine. People sign up for an account, buy the special bags, fill them up, drop them off at the stores and get their deposit refunds from their account.
Island residents leave the bags at the end of their driveways and they are collected with the trash on Monday mornings.
By making it easier for islanders to recycle it's expected that the waste stream on the islands will be reduced by at least 15 percent.
National Geographic Explorer David de Rothschild is setting sail from San Francisco to Sydney on a Plastic Bottle Boat in April. Plastiki is the 60 foot catamaran made out of 12,000 two liter plastic bottles that will make the voyage. The purpose of this trip is two fold-to investigate plastic litter, the most common ocean pollution, and to highlight the many ways plastic can be re-purposed.
Only one of the 15 billion pounds of plastic produced in the United States each year is recycled and much of the leftovers float their way to the Great Eastern Pacific Garbage Patch. Also, don't forget March 22 is National Water Day, and most people aren't aware that the Great Eastern Pacific Garbage Patch has grown to more than twice the size of Texas!
National Geographic hopes this voyage will showcase the many uses for smart materials so when Plastiki's voyage is over, the boat will be broken down and turned into emergency shelters, shipping pellets, clothes, and even more bottles.
Man-made pollution is raising ocean acidity at least 10 times faster than previously thought, a study says.
Researchers say carbon dioxide levels are having a marked effect on the health of shellfish such as mussels. They sampled coastal waters off the north-west Pacific coast of the US every half-hour for eight years. The results, published in the journal PNAS, suggest that earlier climate change models may have underestimated the rate of ocean acidification.
Every Tuesday, as a house, we put out two big green boxes of recycling. I say green because a) they literally are and b) the presumption is that by using them, so are we. But wouldn't it be greener not to put out the recycling - to generate so little waste that, come Tuesday, there is nothing to put in the green box? It is an idealistic notion, but is it practical? I decided to try it for a month to find out. And in doing so, I inadvertently discovered that I'd joined a movement.