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Flint's New Problem Literally Stinks

Trash pick-up has stopped as the mayor, city council battle over a contract

(Newser) - Flint residents' water is trashed, and now their trash is temporarily, well, trashed, too. The beleaguered city learned on Saturday that trash pick-up would cease effective Monday. "Until a new agreement is officially in place, we ask the residents not set their trash out at the curb to prevent... More »

Modern Art Installation Is So Trashy Cleaners Toss It

Cigarette butts, confetti, empty bottles, and shoes were strewn about

(Newser) - Art often imitates life—but sometimes it does so so convincingly that it's mistaken for the subject rather than art. And so it was in Italy over the weekend, when cleaning staff at the Museion modern art gallery in Bolzano, Italy, mistook the modern art installation "Where are... More »

EPA Hugely Underestimated How Much Trash We Dump

Scientists say this also means we're obviously not recycling as much as we thought

(Newser) - Americans are sending more than twice as much trash to landfills as the federal government has estimated, according to a new study. It turns out that, on average, America tosses 5 pounds of trash per person per day into its landfills, according to an analysis of figures in a study... More »

Man Drops Off Trash, Is Arrested Over Other Trash

Two trash drop-offs get Trenton Drake White in trouble

(Newser) - An Arizona man attempting to legally drop off trash earlier this month was arrested … for illegally dropping off trash earlier this month. Trenton Drake White of Kingman was charged with felony littering after police say he admitted to abandoning 600 pounds of construction and household waste in the desert... More »

Early Garbage Collector Gets ... Jail Time

A city ordinance requires that trash be collected between 7am and 7pm

(Newser) - Most of us have at some point been woken before dawn by the incessant beeping and slamming sounds of the garbage truck just outside the window. But one Atlanta suburb has a city ordinance that actually prohibits trash collection prior to 7am. As a result, Kevin McGill, who's spent... More »

Guy in Texas Makes Huge Sums Dumpster-Diving

Matt Malone says he'd make at least $250K annually if he did it full time

(Newser) - Matt Malone has a well-paying security specialist career and owns a promising startup business. Yet if you want to track him down after hours, you'll need to peek inside a bunch of Texas dumpsters. The 37-year-old Austin man told Randall Sullivan, writing for Wired , that he's made a... More »

Whale's Cause of Death: Swallowed DVD Case

Shard sliced endangered animal's stomach

(Newser) - A discarded DVD case is offering a brutal example of the effects our trash continues to have on marine wildlife. A young sei whale—a member of an endangered species—was found in a Chesapeake Bay tributary, seeming confused. Within days, it was found dead: It had been unable to... More »

Even Barnacles Eating Our Plastic Trash

33% of barnacles in study had ingested a microplastic

(Newser) - Today's most unfortunate number: 267. That's the number of marine species that have been found to have eaten plastic, and a new study zeroes in on one such species— barnacles. Researchers traveled to the North Pacific Gyre (better known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch ) with a... More »

Guy Looking for Lost Phone Crushed in Trash Compactor

Roger Mirro's body found inside, thought phone went down trash chute

(Newser) - The hunt for a missing cell phone turned tragic this week when a man was crushed to death in what police are calling "a terrible accident." Roger Mirro, 56, was searching for a misplaced phone at his apartment in a Chicago suburb when he told his neighbor he... More »

America's Biggest Brewery Now Produces No Garbage

MillerCoors' Golden, Colo., facility no longer trucks 135 tons a month to landfill

(Newser) - MillerCoors' Golden, Colo., facility has some pretty massive numbers attached to it: It clocks in at 9 million square feet, can produce 22 million barrels of beer a year (that's the equivalent of about 5.5 billion pints), and once generated 135 tons of garbage a month. That last... More »

Ocean Floor Littered With Recyclables

Plastics, metals especially common

(Newser) - The ocean floor has a disturbing amount of trash on it—and a disturbing amount of it could have been recycled. Researchers from the California's Monterey Bay Aquarium have pored over a huge amount of video clips of trash discovered along the coast from Canada to California to Hawaii,... More »

China Now Turning Away US ... Trash

This is really bad news for recycling efforts in US cities

(Newser) - If your local recycler starts turning away your cans and bottles in the near future, blame China. Beijing has stopped accepting certain shipments of recycled plastic from the US, reports Quartz . (It reportedly will no longer welcome unwashed plastics and improperly sorted shipments; other reports say items like coffee cup... More »

Houston: Homeless Vet Not Ticketed for Eating Trash

James Kelly was cited under scavenging statute: police department rep

(Newser) - A homeless man was ticketed last week while searching for food in a Houston trash bin , and the news didn't go over well. Now the HPD is on the defensive and explaining that James Kelly was ticketed for making a mess, not for attempting to feed himself. And a... More »

To Clean Up Subway, NYC Getting Rid of ... Trash Cans

It sounds counterintuitive, but it's making for cleaner stations

(Newser) - It sounds counterintuitive, but it's apparently working. New York City's MTA ran an unusual experiment last year: In an attempt to rid stations of the trash that accumulates beyond the trashcan (the New York Times cites "beside turnstiles and beneath benches, along subway platforms ... and on the... More »

More Pianos Getting Sent to the Dump

Beloved instruments are being burned for firewood

(Newser) - Imagine the cacophony: More pianos are being thrown out these days in a mangle of legs, keys, and twisted wire, reports the New York Times . Why the unceremonious dumping? Well, their value is plummeting, electronic keyboards are more affordable, and music education is suffering from budget cuts. "Instead of... More »

Inside the Gnarly Task of Cleaning Up LA's Skid Row

Razor blades, drugs, dead rodents collected during city's sweep

(Newser) - It wasn't a task for the faint of heart: After nearly two weeks spent cleaning up LA's Skid Row, city officials walked away with five tons of trash. And what they found over a six-mile span is enough to make one's stomach turn—among hundreds of needles,... More »

New Wrinkle in Etan Patz Case: No Sanitation Records

Curb-to-landfill records stretch back to 1989

(Newser) - Etan Patz's killer may have been found, but the same may never be said for the 6-year-old's remains. If Pedro Hernandez did indeed kill Etan and put his body in a Dumpster, figuring out which landfill the body wound up in would be a painstaking task even if... More »

False Alarm— Trash Bag Mistaken for Man Stuck in Sewer

Jersey City workers rushed to free ... a trash bag

(Newser) - It turns out a worker wasn't stuck inside a pipe in New Jersey's second-largest city. Jersey City Fire Chief Darren Rivers says it was actually a bag of trash. He says workers with the Jersey City Incinerator Authority were checking the pipe with a camera when they thought... More »

Garbage Cam Airs Dirty Trash Habits

Camera phone posts pictures of garbage on Facebook, encourages recycling

(Newser) - Now on Facebook: Your garbage. Or at least, the garbage of five households who signed up for a Newcastle University program that posts photos of every item dumped in one garbage can on Facebook. Hoping to raise consciousness about recycling efforts, it uses a sensor and a camera phone to... More »

Newborn Tossed in Trash Chute Survives 8-Story Fall

Brooklyn mother, 18, gave birth shortly before allegedly tossing baby

(Newser) - A newborn baby tossed down a New York City housing project's trash chute survived the eight-story fall because he landed on a pile of garbage and the compactor was jammed. A maintenance worker heard the baby's cries coming from the trash compactor yesterday morning in the Walt Whitman... More »

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