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Lagos' roughly 21 million residents produce a lot of garbage: 10,000 tons per day. Most ends up in landfills and often in the landscape. One young environmental activist no longer accepts the status quo and has founded a successful NGO.
Each month, Noma Green Plastic Limited salvages 40 tons of the plastic discarded in landfills and molds it into chairs, tables and poles used in fencing.
Romania's capital is buried in smoke from burned trash that comes from all over Europe. The dubious business is being investigated. Prosecutors and activists are sounding the alarm about organized crime structures.
Delhi, one of India's largest metropolitan areas, produces thousands of tons of solid trash daily. When those landfill sites burn, it aggravates the city's air pollution and negatively affects public health.
Seagulls like to rummage through garbage, and have led investigators to illegal dumps. But feeding at landfill sites is dangerous for the birds as plastic end up in their stomachs — and in the environment.
India is struggling with a severe heat wave. Around Delhi, fires stoked by rising temperatures broke out in two of the largest landfill sites. DW's Manira Chaudhary reports on what that means for people working and living around them.
Used sanitary pads mostly go straight to the landfill. Safe and eco-friendly products are now available — but how do we get them to all women around the world? We take a look at the options, considering budgets and access.
In Spain, plastic waste ends up in landfills that are feeding grounds for seagulls. Scientists say the particles don't just pose a threat to the animals, but to the environment and people, too.
Residents in the Ukrainian border region are increasingly worried about a Russian invasion. Plus: Austria is the first EU country to introduce mandatory coronavirus vaccinations. Some are in fierce opposition.
Young Rakan scavenges through landfills to earn a pittance from what he finds. It's the only way he can help keep his family fed in a refugee camp in northern Idlib.
The average German produces 500 kg of waste each year. Whole households end up in landfill. An alternative? Hamburg’s sanitation department sorts, reuses, repurposes, and resells discarded goods. But is it beneficial?
Every year, up to a million tons of fishing nets are lost or dumped at sea. These "ghost nets" continue to kill indiscriminately. Millions of marine animals die in agony each year, while conservationists conduct diving operations to recover the nets.
The spread of omicron has governments around the world scrambling to vaccinate as many people as possible. In many – mostly poor – countries there's a shortage of doses. But authorities in Nigeria have just had to throw away more than a million.
In Srinagar, the capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, the overflowing landfill site is posing a health risk to residents and damaging the region's fragile ecosystem.
With more and more plastic ending up in landfill or in our oceans, companies are looking for greener alternatives. Packaging made from seaweed or mushroom mycelia could help the environment and curb our insatiable appetite for plastic.
There are over 6,000 landfills across Ukraine. And there's only one incinerator which was built when the country was part of the Soviet Union.
In 2019 Moscow unveiled a waste management plan, but implementation is proving difficult. Few Russians recycle their trash – due to a lack of awareness and facilities.
Plastic waste is everywhere, not only in landfills. It is also found in remote areas, and in oceans. But are there natural substitutes? Can nature help us to get rid of plastic waste? Our topic on this edition of Eco India.
When the air stinks, drinking water is brown, and snow is black — something isn't right. People from three different regions of Russia explain the struggles they face due to pollution.
Many of the items we no longer need end up being burned at trash sites. The environmental costs are significant. An alternative would be to design products to be reused or converted back into raw materials.
We tend to throw an awful lot of things away. They end up in landfill or are incinerated. This is not good for the environment. But many products could be designed to be reused or recycled or become the raw materials for other products.
Ghana has no proper glass recycling plant and most glass waste ends up in landfill sites. Now the country's only certified glass blower is giving the material a second life by using it to create hand-blown vases.
Many Filipinos have lost jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic, causing families to struggle to put food on the table. A village cooperative has turned a landfill into a vegetable garden, which has become a source of food and a means of livelihood for residents.
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