9 Crazy Cool Ways to Keep Trash Out of Landfills

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Fighting waste seems like a pretty simple concept. Reduce the amount of trash you produce in the first place. Reuse what you can. Recycle the rest.

But some materials and circumstances require more drastic measures. As proof, we’ve rounded up nine creative, amazing and inspiring efforts to divert our trash from landfills that are anything but ordinary. Hang on to your bins, people.
 

Make Your Trash Another's Treasure

The "Goedzak" is an appealing, see-through garbage bag designed specifically for easy curbside scavenging and salvaging. Photo: Waarmakers
The "Goedzak" is an appealing, see-through garbage bag designed specifically for easy curbside scavenging and salvaging. Photo: Waarmakers
The "Goedzak" is an appealing, see-through garbage bag designed specifically for easy curbside scavenging and salvaging. Photo: Waarmakers
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Listen to Music with Trash
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Amsterdam design studio WaarMakers has created a new garbage bag to help extend the life of useful items and promote sustainable behavior.

The “Goedzak” is an appealing, see-through garbage bag designed specifically for easy curbside scavenging and salvaging.

Rather than trash perfectly useful items, the Goedzak encourages owners to place them in the see-through garbage bags and put them out on trash day. The bag signals to passersby that the items are in good condition and free for the taking.

The creators of the Goedzak have also partnered with a second-hand store franchise to run a pilot pick-up and recycling pilot program.

Read the story here.

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