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About 6 trillion cigarette butts are produced every year worldwide, leading to more than 1.2 million tonnes of cigarette butt waste. This is set to increase by more than 50 per cent by 2025, mainly due to an increase in world population.

Now an Australian research team is developing a way for cigarette butts can be turned into footpaths, bricks and other building materials - that have the added bonus of cooling our cities.

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New research shows that industrial fisheries are responsible for dumping nearly 10 million tonnes of perfectly good fish back into the ocean each year -- enough to fill 4500 Olympic-sized swimming pools. This news comes at a time when nearly 90 per cent of the world's fish stocks are threatened by overfishing.

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Something like $3,050,000,000 worth of vibrators are sold every year -- that's 60 million vibrators. After a lifetime of service, when they have given out their last little buzz, where do they go? Into landfill. And that's a problem the world's first biodegradable vibrator hopes to solve.

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The amount of municipal waste being disposed of in the US is more than double -- 262 million tonnes (metric tons) versus 122 million tonnes in 2012 -- previous estimates, our new study shows. We also found that the US has plenty of space to put it all -- more than 70 years' worth of space, actually.

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Biodegradable plastic, now often found in plastic bags and bottles, contains additives that are supposed to get microbes to break down tough plastic faster. But a new study from Michigan State University finds that some of these additives may actually doing, well, jack shit.

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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.

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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.

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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.