Reduce, reuse - and recycle.
The last of the "three Rs," recycling gives fresh value to the natural resources that are tapped to produce products for consumption. Recycling can benefit the environment by reducing waste - and it's also big business.
In many parts of the world, take-back schemes offer more than just a litter-free environment — they offer an income to those who need it. In the absence of any local recycling system, residents of Shakas Head, South Africa partake in an initiative that rewards them for collecting discarded plastic bottles.
The European Union is waging a war on plastic waste — from single-use items like plastic bags and bottles to the micro-plastics found in cosmetics and detergents. A lot of this plastic ends up in the Mediterranean Sea — which Greek divers are trying to clean up. They're calling themselves the "trash collectors of the sea." Joanna Kakissis reports.
Most recycled electronics are shipped to developing nations. But they often cause more harm than good. In Kenya, stockpiles of E-Waste have increased, along with environmental and health problems. In an effort to deal with the mounting equipment, a few local techies are getting creative. They've started a 3D printing company and they want to put a printer in every school in the country.
Although plastic bags are now banned in Kenya, the country is still fighting discarded plastic. A Swiss company called Mr. Green Africa wants to help clean it up. They first arrived in Kenya about three years ago with a recycling concept based on a fair trade idea where collectors earn a living by supplying plastic waste.