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When in doubt, throw it out – but not in the recycling bin. Basak Gurbuz Derman/Moment via Getty Images

What is wishcycling? Two waste experts explain

Tossing something into your recycling bin that can’t be processed does more harm than good.
When people have to pay for every bag of trash they throw out, they produce less waste. Mint Images RF via Getty Images

What is pay-as-you-throw? A waste expert explains

When governments want people to do less of something, one way to make that happen is to charge them for doing it. That’s the idea behind pay-as-you-throw waste policies.
Packaging for consumer products represents a large share of U.S. solid waste, and barely half of it is recycled. iStock via Getty Images

Packaging generates a lot of waste – now Maine and Oregon want manufacturers to foot the bill for getting rid of it

Maine and Oregon have enacted laws that require makers of consumer product packaging to pay for recycling or disposing of it. Will other states follow?
The environmental footprint of reusable containers may not be as light as we think. Marco Verch/Flickr

Reusable containers aren’t always better for the environment than disposable ones - new research

Reusable containers may have to be reused many times to offset their negative environmental impacts - improving recycling infrastructure could be the answer.
UK pig farms have some of the highest welfare standards in the world. RoyBuri/Pixabay

The UK wastes millions of tonnes of food every year: here’s how we can change that

Converting food waste to animal feed – or reducing it altogether by supermarkets working with farmers – could save millions of tonnes of food from being discarded. It could also help raise animal welfare standards.

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