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Garbage: How Can My Community Reduce Waste?
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Garbage: How Can My Community Reduce Waste?

Garbage, trash, or waste is more than pizza boxes and chicken bones. We generate many kinds of waste; more than 4 pounds per person per day.

Examine the different kinds of waste, where it typically goes, the ways we can reduce it, as well as how to recycle and re-purpose it into useful products.

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Rotten Truth (About Garbage)

Rotten Truth (About Garbage)

Since matter can't be destroyed, neither can garbage. That's why recycling and composting are so important. More...

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ASTC & Smithsonian
Garbage Dreams: Recycling Game

Garbage Dreams: Recycling Game

The Zeballeen people of Cairo earn their living collecting trash — and they recycle 80 percent of it! See how well you can do in this challenging game. (Hint: When all else fails, feed the goat!) More...

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PBS
Going Green

Going Green

Why is recycling so important? Find out as the SciGirls look for new ways to re-use yogurt cups. More...

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SciGirls/PBS
Green Ships

Green Ships

In the old days, all trash and other waste generated on US Navy ships ended up overboard. This video shows some of the inventive processes that now keep ship waste out of our living seas. More...

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National Defense Education Program
High-Tech Trash

High-Tech Trash

The scope of e-waste — trashed electronics, including TVs and computers — is mind-boggling. Click through this photo gallery to see the extent of this international problem. More...

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National Geographic
How Landfills Are Built and Operated

How Landfills Are Built and Operated

Landfills are no longer just open pits where trash is dumped. They’ve become more sophisticated and contained, preventing local water contamination and capturing methane gas for energy. More...

Video
New Jersey Star-Ledger
I Didn’t Know That: Recycling Steel

I Didn’t Know That: Recycling Steel

How can rusty piles of steel scrap be green? Because they can be recycled, saving huge amounts of energy and water, and reducing emissions. More...

Video
National Geographic
Marine Debris

Marine Debris

What’s wrong with this picture? You can't ride a bike on the ocean floor, yet that's where it was found. Trash in oceans and seas is a BIG problem. More...

Article
National Geographic
Mike Biddle: We Can Recycle Plastic

Mike Biddle: We Can Recycle Plastic

Unlike metal recycling, plastic recycling poses many complex problems. Dr. Mike Biddle has pioneered an innovative plastic recovery and recycling process. Watch his awesome TED Talk. More...

Profile
TED
PacSci-Doku: High Value Insulation

PacSci-Doku: High Value Insulation

Use the available letters to solve this Sudoku-like puzzle and answer the question, "The next time you buy home insulation what might it contain?" More...

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Pacific Science Center
Quiz: E-Cycling

Quiz: E-Cycling

Are you hoping to upgrade when the next model cell phone comes out? What will you do with the old one? You should e-cycle it — and take this quiz! More...

Interactive
CNBC
Recycling Aluminum

Recycling Aluminum

Aluminum is the ultimate recyclable. It can be recycled indefinitely, saving 95 percent of the energy that it takes to make an aluminum can from scratch. More...

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Discovery
Scientist Profile: Eco-Friendly Materials Scientist

Scientist Profile: Eco-Friendly Materials Scientist

Nanotechnology, soybeans, and...skateboards. Meet Anil Netravali, who developed a "green" skateboard that won't clog landfills. More...

Profile
DragonflyTV/PBS
Waste to Waves

Waste to Waves

You know that foam material that's used for packaging things like TVs and laptops? Find out how it's being recycled into new, eco-friendly surfboards. More...

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Sustainable Surf
Worm Farm

Worm Farm

Kevin loves garbage! But he also wants to put an end to landfills. Meet this young scientist and see how he collects worm “pee” and shares his data about how worms decompose organic waste. More...

Profile
DragonflyTV/PBS
Zero Waste

Zero Waste

Working toward a world with no garbage by the year 2020 is San Francisco's goal. See what the city is doing to prevent, reduce, and reuse waste, as well as recycle and compost. More...

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San Francisco Dept. of the Environment

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