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Beirut Residents Protest Garbage Pile-Up In Their City

Waste has been sitting in the sun uncollected for a week after a major landfill was closed.

Image of uncollected garbage in Beirut by Twitter user Joseph Elahmar (@JosephElahmar)

The stench of garbage in Beirut had become so overwhelming that residents of the Lebanese city were compelled to protest last weekend, taking to the streets to demand that city officials double-down on trash collection efforts. Demonstrators even blocked a road leading to South Lebanon, chanting, “You stink!” as they marched.

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Cleaning Up “The World’s Highest Junkyard”

Trash and human poop are making Everest a dump, but these new projects aim to de-muck the mountain.

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A lot has changed since Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary first scaled the freezing peaks of Mount Everest in 1953. For one thing, attempting to summit Everest, though still perilous, has become a sort of rite of passage for X-treme yuppie adventurer types. More than 4,000 people have now climbed the mountain. As a result of this growing tourist popularity, Everest has also become covered in garbage and human poop (the most dangerous of all the poops). As GOOD’s Tasbeeh Herwees put it earlier this month, “For every moneyed thrill-seeker who thinks climbing Mount Everest is a novel post-college adventure, there is a mound of human waste sitting on top of the mountain to account for their privilege.” And fecal matter is just the tip of the shit pile; the Himalayan mountain is covered with the strewn trash of expeditions past, including, according to the Daily Mail India, “tents, sleeping bags, oxygen cylinders, and even the corpses of climbers who never made it down.” Now, two new cleanup efforts are underway—one an Indian army mountaineering team that aims to clean up litter, and the other a pioneering project to turn tourist dung into a source of energy.

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Trash Talk: This Smart Bin Texts a Garbage Truck When Full

Picture the typical garbage truck driving down a city street: it's old, pumping out black plumes of toxic diesel exhaust, rumbling loud enough...

Picture the typical garbage truck driving down a city street: it's old, pumping out black plumes of toxic diesel exhaust, rumbling loud enough that they can actually cause hearing damage, and holding up traffic. We need trash to get picked up. But there's a smarter way to do it.

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How Do Couples Decide Who Takes Out the Trash?

In heterosexual relationships, if the guy always takes out the trash, is the couple just repeating gender stereotypes?

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The GOOD 30-Day Challenge: Waste Less

In July, we're getting less trashy by trying to reduce our garbage to one grocery bag per week. Waste not? We'll certainly try.


Things are easier said than done, or so the old adage goes, and we couldn't agree more. That's why we do The GOOD 30-Day Challenge (#30DaysofGOOD), a monthly attempt to live better. Our challenge for July? Waste less.

Every year the residents and businesses of Phoenix alone send one million tons of solid waste to Buckeye, Arizona's, SR85 landfill. That's about one ton per resident, and it's enough garbage to fill the city's pro football stadium from top to bottom seven times over. Outside of Arizona, the average American produces about 4.4 pounds of garbage per day, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, and in Mexico, households create 30 percent more trash than Americans. It all seems insignificant at first—a Starbucks cup here, a sandwich box there—but pretty soon you're sweating while hauling giant Hefty bags to the curb yet another week in a row. Let's stop being so trashy, and let's start this month.

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Annie Leonard's New Story of Stuff-like Series for Kids

The Story of Stuff treatment is applied to garbage, biodiversity, and...frogs. We bet you can't watch without smiling.



The excellent Annie Leonard, who followed up her super-viral Story of Stuff with The Story of Cosmetics, The Story of Bottle Water, and The Story of Cap and Trade has now applied her formula to educate kids. The new PBS series about sustainability tackles, in eight parts, things close to kids' lives, like juice boxes, garbage, electronics, paper waste, Velcro, orange juice, frogs, and (aww) happiness.

The series is called Loop Scoops, and it's awesome, even for big kids. Try watching them (below) without smiling.

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