Virtually every household in the U.S. contains some household hazardous waste. This would include common items like pesticides/fertilizers, household cleaning products, and motor oil. These types of chemicals are prohibited from being disposed of in the municipal waste system as well as in most rented dumpsters. Disposing properly of household hazardous waste is critical to the health of the environment as well as our own health.
Chicago's Navy Pier. Image courtesy of David Bjorgen ( Sept., 2012) Chicago’s Navy Pier will soon be the temporary home to a giant wall of trash. The ‘Garbage Wall’ is part of the annual Expo Chicago Art Fair, starting September 20. The purpose of the exhibit is to raise awareness about illegal dumping in area rivers and lakes.
If you’re one of the lucky ones attending the 2012 Olympic Games in London, you may want to hang onto pretty much any type of memorabilia you obtain along the way. Pretty much anything Olympic-related is desirable and thus increases in value over time. We’re talking about stuff that usually goes into the trash can, like ticket stubs, programs, and even the envelope the tickets came in.
(2012) As the 2012 London Olympic Games gets underway, a flood of spectators are sure to fill the stadium seats. In fact, The Telegraph estimates about 11 million spectators will show up to the Olympic Games in London this summer. So, how does London plan on dealing with the huge increase in trash and waste production us wasteful humans generate wherever we go?
A new report sheds some light on the current state of recycling in the U.S. and the results are rather surprising. The report shows that $11.4 billion worth of recyclables enter U.S. landfills each year. This includes items like paper, cardboard, plastics and metal cans.
Whether you realize it or not, there’s a gold rush occurring as we speak. It doesn’t involve mining gold from the ground; it’s recovering the shiny stuff from e-waste. Electronics, such as computers and cellphones, contain gold and silver in relatively high concentrations. Recovering these precious metals is a worldwide revolution happening everywhere from the slums of under-developed countries to some of the biggest electronics manufacturers in the world.
Vollis Simpson has been creating spectacular folk art since World War II. His medium of choice is pretty much any type of junk he can get his hands on. Some of his sculptures are as tall as buildings. The North Carolina native's work is on display at several museums across the U.S., including museums in New York, Atlanta and Baltimore.
Recycling efforts in the U.S., and worldwide for that matter, are increasing year after year; however, plastics still remain a question mark when it comes to recycling.
Environmentally conscious designers Rikkert Paauw and Jet van Zwieten recently transformed several roll-off dumpsters into unique meeting places using only recovered materials from the dumpsters themselves. Foundation Projects, the company behind the design, launched the project in April, 2012 in the heart of Ultrecht, Netherlands.
Sure, you could always just recycle old bottles and cans, but what fun is that? We’ve come up with a huge compilation of alternative uses for empty bottles and cans.
Plastic debris invading our oceans is a huge problem for sea life and the entire ocean ecosystem. We highlighted the issue here at Trash Talk several days ago when we covered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a huge area of the ocean between California and Japan littered with tiny pieces of plastic. Julia Reisser, a Ph.D. student from The University of Western Australia, is taking aim at the problem by creating the first ever detailed map showing the distribution of floating plastic debris in the Australian region.
Plastic litter sampling from Great Pacific Garbage Patch -- courtesy of The Telegraph The so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch, sometimes called the Pacific Trash Vortex, is an area of the Pacific Ocean west of California that is home to millions upon millions pieces of plastic floating in the upper column of the open ocean. The plastic trash isn’t biodegradable, so it’s suspended in a circular ocean current known as the North Pacific Gyre. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is one of the most alarming examples of irresponsible waste removal in the world.
It’s no secret we love junk here at Trash Talk, and now we want to share the beautiful side of garbage with you. These are some of the best examples of junk turned into artistic masterpieces—just another creative and unique way to reuse things rather than send them off to the landfill.
Building a home requires quite a bit of materials – wood, roofing, windows, doors, hinges, cabinets, flooring, electrical, plumbing, fixtures and more. Some estimates state that a 1,500 square-foot home requires about 24 medium-sized trees, or 100 smaller diameter trees, to build it. That’s quite a bit of material, and that’s just the wood!