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Watch How New York's Enormous Organic Garbage System Works

The process of throwing out garbage in New York City is much more complicated than any of the millions of people living there could ever realise. A mini-documentary by the New York Times does a full observation of the $US300 million dollar service top to bottom.


Here's What Happens To Your Beer Can After You Recycle It

Since we already know what happens to us once we’ve popped the top on a few too many cold ones — hello, hangover — let’s take a look at what happens to that can after you’ve pounded it; chances are, it will be less than a few months until it’s already back chilling out in a fridge somewhere.


Venezuela Is Turning Thousands Of Abandoned Cars Into Houses

While many people think countries like Norway are leading the way with recycling programs, an ambitious new idea in Venezuela takes things to a whole new level. The country has announced that it will start recycling abandoned cars, motorcycles and bikes in order to build houses from their raw materials.


A Plane Fuelled By Garbage Could Soon Fly You From New York To London

British Airways has an ambitious and smelly plan: convert municipal waste into 120,000 tonnes of jet fuel. By 2017, they say, the first factory in the world to turn garbage into jet fuel will be up and running. Waste-fuelled transatlantic flights could come soon after.


This Obsidian Mirror Was Once Toxic Chemical Waste

There are plenty of ways to deal with chemical waste, like shipping it across the ocean. Or, you could use plasma gasification — a Back to the Future-style process that “recreates the conditions inside a volcano” to incinerate waste. One byproduct of the process? A glassy synthetic obsidian.


A Toxic And Deadly Week In Landscape Reads

The U.S. had a pretty toxic and deadly week in landscape reads. We learn how, remarkably, tourist poop is flown by helicopter out of national parks, how Silicon Valley exports toxic waste all over the country, how poison lurks in old televisions, and how the land can just fall away in the form of Washington’s deadly mudslide.


You'll Never Believe All The Things Made Out Of Chicken Feathers

As a nation, the United States consumes a whopping 8 billion chickens every year, and this results in a few mountains’ worth of chicken feathers in pure waste. But no more, some entrepreneurs say: chicken feathers could be the future of plastic.


Ecstasy In London? Heroin In Zagreb? The Answer Is Found In The Sewers

Drug users might be less than forthright about their illicit habits — but they all have to pee. With that in mind, scientists are drug-testing entire sewer systems to study just how popular illegal drugs have become.


Is Human Pee The Future Of Fertiliser?

Among the things I found mortifying about my parents when I was a teenager was their habit of leaving buckets of pee in the bathroom. Instead of flushing all that phosphorous- and nitrogen-rich urine down the toilet, they saved it for our backyard vegetable garden. Pee as fertiliser has since — contrary to everything my teenage self wanted to believe — become a hip idea among some eco-minded backyard farmers.


A Tour Of The Largest Commingled Recycling Plant In The US

As of last month, New York City’s Sunset Park waterfront is home to the largest commingle recycling facility in the US. After its inaugural run on opening day, the facility shut down for some final tweaks and testing before it opens full time. During this period of maintenance, Gizmodo visited the new facility for a private tour of the process that materials go through in the new location.