Poop Power!

PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons By KAILA DUNN, age 12 Your waste comes to use! Many countries are starting an environmentally friendly way to create fuel to power our transportation with human waste. In Bristol, England, GENeco Bio-Bus powers buses using human waste. It all...

What Happens to Recyclables?

Illustration: Guerruntz 1. First, recyclable materials are collected at the curb, at a drop-off center, a buy-back center or through a deposit program (like the bottle return program). 2. After being sorted, the recyclables are then sent to a processing company under...

10 Things You Can Do to Reduce Waste

1. Reduce! Because so little is recycled, reducing your consumption is the best way to help the environment. Make a list of ways your family can cut down. 2. Reuse! Use old newspaper as wrapping paper, reuse plastic bags or bring your own bags. Can you think of more...

From Home to Landfill in Minutes

By OCTAVIA DAVIS The United States continues to be the most wasteful nation on earth, and things are getting worse every year. Since 1960, the amount of trash the average person throws away has nearly doubled, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)....

A Brief History of Bottles and Cans

By ERIN THOMPSON Large corporations profit from making disposable products that end up as waste. To avoid paying for the waste they make, these corporations launched public ad campaigns to make people feel personally responsible for garbage. Here’s how they did it:...