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Today’s Solutions: July 17, 2024

Crow in mid flight through snow

Crows help rid this Swedish city's streets of cigarette butts

A startup in the Swedish city of Södertälje, which is located near Stockholm, has recruited the help of local crows to pick up discarded cigarette butts from the city’s streets and public spaces. In fact, there’s a movement afoot in places as varied as California and the Netherlands to ban Read More...

Kangaroo family, mother and baby in bag at Lucky Bay in the Cape Le Grand National Park near Esperance, Western Australia.

This is how Australia reduced plastic litter on its beaches by 30 percent

When it comes to reporting about plastic waste on beaches, the news is rarely good. But one report paints a more positive picture of the state of the issue in Australia. According to the study, plastic litter on Australian beaches has actually decreased by 30 percent in recent years. The research Read More...

man's hand picks up littered purple plastic bottle from roadside

The Litterlotto app gamifies litter picking to trade trash for cash

Gamification is proving to be an effective strategy for mobilizing communities to build healthier, safer, and greener habits. We’ve shared stories about how gamification has been implemented to reduce traffic emissions, and how it’s being used to plant millions of real trees. Now, there’s Read More...

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Cornwall hospital turns disposable masks into litter-pickers

Disposable surgical masks are a prevalent problem worldwide due to the pandemic. The issue is that we need them to keep ourselves and each other safe, but there is no denying the massive quantity of litter that their constant use produces. The Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro is doing its best Read More...

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UK lockdown-sparked litter-picking movement is still going strong

Every cloud has a silver lining if we are willing to see them. One silver lining that brightens the dark cloud of Covid-19 lockdowns is a surge in litter pickers, especially in the UK. For instance, Keep Britain Tidy’s #LitterHeroes Facebook group doubled in size over the course of the Read More...

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How to safely dispose of fireworks

An exciting firework display is usually a good indicator that something festive is going on, but while the fireworks themselves can be beautiful, the mess they leave behind isn’t pretty, nor is it good for the environment. In fact, according to a 2015 study published in Atmospheric Read More...

Self-navigating aquatic robot

Self-navigating aquatic robot removes garbage from local waterways

In addition to improving the aesthetic feel of a city, removing litter from local waterways can prevent plastic waste and other types of debris from ending up in the ocean, where waste is a lot more difficult to retrieve. With that in mind, Hong Kong-based startup Open Ocean Engineering has Read More...

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This app helps people keep their communities free of litter

Clean-ups might make public spaces a little bit neater but they’re far from actually solving the problem of litter in the long-run. The Litterati app wants to change that by giving people a platform to upload information about the litter they collect outside and share it online. Now, you might Read More...