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The city of 20 million relies on “inventive” ways to ensure that trash is not illegally dumped in places where it would foul the environment, Urb.im reports.
Ending child labor and enhancing worker safety are among the challenges Dhaka faces in overhauling waste management, the Daily Star reports.
Plastic bags clog drains and waterways in India’s capital despite a prohibition on their manufacture, sale and use, the New Indian Express reports.
The I Got Garbage website matches trash scavengers with homes, apartments and businesses to ensure that refuse is sorted for recyclables, Urb.im reports.
“Good Riddance” gives voice to garbage pickers in Johannesburg who are otherwise mostly invisible to society, Urban Joburg reports.
Their work fills some of the gap left by inadequate municipal recycling efforts, The Nature of Cities reports.
India’s capital faces a waste management meltdown unless it boosts recycling and composting of refuse, the Hindustan Times reports.
The Big Apple is the largest U. S. city to prohibit single-use polystyrene foam products after determining that they can’t be recycled.
The mountain of trash in the city of Sidon is to become an inviting public park with olive trees and an amphitheater, Green Prophet reports.
The Indian government sees opportunities for improving 300 cities by having them adopt Surat’s successful energy, waste, water and e-government policies, the Times of India reports.
Researchers at IBM India found that used laptop batteries can power slum dwellings and vendor carts in developing cities, MIT Technology Review reports.
A new Berlin supermarket requires shoppers to bring their own containers while food markets planned for London would cater to the poor with cashless transactions, USA Today and the Daily Mail report.
A campaign to clean up India’s cities faces long odds since many municipalities are ill-equipped to collect and treat refuse, the Washington Post reports.
Seattle trash collectors will double as food police by ticketing scofflaws who toss compostables, the Seattle Times reports.
To encourage recycling, Beijing has introduced machines that trade plastic bottles for transit passes and phone card discounts, Pangea Today reports.
Jakarta’s poor use waste salvaged from a river for flood protection and building material, The Pop-Up City reports.