Waste Removal Tips & Advice

Levi jeans made from recycled trash
Levi’s 2013 denim collection will be a bit different than previous collections—not necessarily in the look of the popular jeans, but you’ll notice a major change in the materials used to make them. The company’s new Waste-Less product will feature jeans made from recycled plastic bottles.
Bond certificates found in the trash
Honesty is the best policy. Leo Guarente, owner of Junk Depot in Saugus, MA, proved just that when he returned $114k worth of bond certificates to the rightful owner after finding them in the trash.
Agustin builds a helicopter out of trash
Agustin is just a humble shoemaker from Honduras with a dream. His dream is to build and fly a helicopter made from scrap bicycle parts, rebar, 2 x 4’s, and other discarded trash. His story is even more inspiring, considering he lives in extreme poverty, suffers from polio, and has been working on the helicopter since 1958.
A Scottish man got his head stuck in a public garbage bin over the weekend. It's true! Firefighters had to use a high-powered saw to free the man from the clenched jaws of the trash can.
San Jose California
In the heart of Silicon Valley, renewable energy company Anaergia teamed up with the City of San Jose to build a 1.4MW renewable energy facility using biogas created from sludge at the local wastewater treatment plant.
Microbial sustainable kitchen design by Philips
New Sustainable kitchen concept designs by Philips virtually eliminates waste in the kitchen. Is it the kitchen of the future? Maybe. The Philips Microbial Kitchen system is advanced beyond its years. It's an eco-friendly solution for kitchen waste.
Masdar City sustainable design
Smack dab in the middle of the desert is the location of one of the world’s greenest cities. Masdar City is located in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The city is actually still in the early stages of being developed, but several buildings are fully operational, including the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology.
Products made from bioplastic
Newlight Technologies converts greenhouse gases like methane and CO2 to PHA-based bioplastics. These are biodegradable plastics with increased performance and lower costs compared to petroleum-based plastics.
Dallas zero-waste initiative
Dallas, Texas is one of the biggest producers of garbage in the country, carting approximately 2.2 million tons of waste to landfills each year. City officials recently announced a “zero-waste plan” to try and recycle or reuse virtually all of the city’s municipal waste.
E-waste recycling from the USPS and MaxBack
The United States Postal Service (USPS) just announced a new partnership with MaxBack that will make it easier than ever for consumers to get rid of old electronic devices in an eco-friendly way. Not only is the USPS offering to ship the e-waste free of charge, but MaxBack will pay you for sending them your working or non-working electronic devices.
Wilmington, Delaware skyline
A new $35 million waste-to-energy facility will process wastewater and landfill gases to produce energy. It will be the first facility in the U.S. that captures two sources of biogas and converts it to both electricity and heat. It could be the model of other similar plants across the country.
Roll-off dumpster truck
If you’ve never rented a dumpster before, and you need one for a cleanout or home renovation, it’s important to know the legalities involved. In some cases, this means obtaining a permit from your local building permit office.
Plasma technology could be used to reduce waste by way of gasification
One of the newest and most innovative methods for handling municipal waste is a process called plasma gasification. If it sounds complicated, that’s because it is. It’s also very expensive to build a plasma gasification facility, so that’s a major drawback. However, it’s probably the cleanest, most eco-friendly waste management option to date.
Rippl Mobile App from the Ocean Conservancy
Launched by Ocean Conservancy, Rippl is a free mobile app that simplifies living a more eco-friendly lifestyle. The app is currently available on iPhone and soon will be available for Android devices.
Waste Management CNG Garbage Truck
Neighborhood garbage trucks are typically not the most environmentally friendly vehicles, but that’s changing. Many cities are switching to waste haulers that use alternative fuels, such as Clean N’ Green (CNG), to improve emissions and save money on fuel costs.