Rubbish Series

KJZZ reporters have been dealing with a lot of garbage. No, really — actual garbage. The #RubbishSeries features stories from around the state.

We’ve been digging through the garbage to uncover some trash problems and to look at how cities are dealing with it.

The series can be heard during Morning Edition beginning April 28.

Bisbee has officially said “adios” the plastic bags. The quirky former mining town joins such cities as Los Angeles and Portland.
April 28, 2014
Plastic bags and plastic wrap is everywhere. The EPA estimates that Americans use nearly 4 billion every year. The vast majority of those go into landfills and will never decompose in your lifetime.
April 30, 2014
By one government estimate, 160 million tons of construction and demolition waste end up in landfills every year. One Valley nonprofit is trying to keep some of it out of the trash.
May 02, 2014
Major league sports teams, businesses and cities are promoting “zero waste” programs across the country. The idea is to get rid landfills someday. But that won’t be easy.
May 05, 2014
Charities like Goodwill try to get every last penny out of your donations.
May 06, 2014
In 2012, containers and packaging made up the largest category of garbage in the United States. While packaging plays an important role in protecting products, companies and consumers are looking for ways to make it more sustainable.
May 07, 2014
When you drop an empty can into a recycling bin in Phoenix, it travels across several states to be processed.
May 08, 2014
One of Arizona’s largest utilities is using natural gas from a landfill to generate electricity. Methane is keeping the lights on for thousands of people in the Tucson area.
May 08, 2014