One big recycling success: Maine's bottle bill

November 3rd, 2018 - While recycling in Maine is in the dumps with a tough market and a need for recycling education, there’s a bright spot: Maine’s 40-year-old bottle bill. Read More

5 recycling myths busted

October 31st, 2018 - Last Earth Day, I published a column in the Washington Post on common recycling myths. I received so many comments and emails in response, often asking additional questions, that I wanted to follow up with a new list here at National Geographic. Read More

Oregon initiates first modern statewide refillable glass bottle system in the US

October 22nd, 2018 - At the beginning of the century, refillable bottles were the only option when you purchased a beer or soda from the local merchant. With the invention of the steel can in 1938, however, that practice began to change. Read More

How a unique industry collaboration is bottling a new future for U.S. glass recycling

October 12th, 2018 - New Belgium Brewing's largest source of greenhouse gas emissions is the same every year. It's not the ingredients it uses to make its beer or the trucks that distribute its product. It's the glass bottles. Read More

This art installation shows how many drink containers you throw away every year (Audio)

September 21st, 2018 - The average American uses 839 drink containers every year. That's bottles, cans and cartons. So the Container Recycling Institute went to Hermosa Beach and turned those 839 containers into a work of art. Read More