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Fighting the World's Massive Waste Problem

March 26, 2021

Waste is everywhere in our world. Plastic bottles end up in landfills or in our oceans and can take hundreds of years to decompose. How can we change this? What are the alternatives and solutions to this huge problem?

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DW euromaxx Plogging: Umweltfreundliches Jogging
Originally from Sweden, plogging became a worldwide trendImage: ZDF

Plogging in India: Collecting garbage while jogging

"Plogging" is a trend that combines collecting garbage while jogging. Originally from Sweden, it is a new form of eco fitness and young Indians are not far behind in taking it further. 



Biolove Kaffeetasse und Kleiderbügel
Compostable bioplastics created from seedsImage: Biolive

Are bioplastics an alternative to conventional plastics?

Is there a feasible alternative to plastic? Bioplastics seem promising since they are more biodegradable. We looked at some options to find out if they could help solve one of today's biggest problems.



Russland Mülldeponie bei Sankt Petersburg
The Novy Svet-Eco solid waste landfill siteImage: picture-alliance/dpa/P. Kovalev

Failed waste management in Russia

Some amount of waste is inevitable, especially in large cities. Waste management is a complex issue though. If not done correctly, it can have grave consequences, like in this report from Russia.



REV Future Now Luca
Luca - The car made entirely out of rubbishImage: DW

Creating an electric car out of garbage

Using waste as a raw material has the potential to serve many new purposes. Some students in the Netherlands proved this by demonstrating that you can make an electric-powered car from garbage.



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