COOL Video of the Month

Each month we will showcase a cool new recycling video. We do our best to scope out the colorful crossroads where recycling and creativity meet. But we're always on the look out for more. Email us a link to your recycling video discovery and we'll consider sharing it here.

January 2014

Caine's Arcade
A 9 year-old boy who built an elaborate cardboard arcade in his dad's auto parts store is about to have the best day of his life, and inspire the world.

June 2013

In May 2013, the Honolulu post office (Honolulu International Airport location) won a federal "Green Challenge" award for its efforts to "backhaul" its recyclable waste. A USPS news release offers more information.

April 2013

CNN story on turning derelict fishing nets into electricty at the City's H-POWER (waste-to-energy) facility. This partnership between Schnitzer Steel, Covanta Energy, and NOAA began in 1999 and is now replicated in over 30 U.S. ports.

February 2013

Best Buy E-waste Recycling
How does Best Buy process the e-waste collected in their free e-waste recycling program? Watch this video to find out.

December 2012

Landfill Harmonic
Landfill Harmonic is an upcoming feature-length documentary about a remarkable musical orchestra in Paraguay, where the musicians play instruments made from trash. Cateura, Paraguay is a town essentially built on top of a landfill. Garbage collectors browse the trash for sellable goods, and children are often at risk of getting involved with drugs and gangs. When orchestra director Szaran and music teacher Fabio set up a music program for the kids of Cateura, they soon have more students than they have instruments. Visit for more information.

November 2012

Gangnam Style Anti Litter Parody
A parodied PSY, with a penchant for littering, gets a lesson in cleaning up and changing his ways from "The Cleaner." (via Waste & Recycling News).

October 2012

The Best Anti-Littering Video of the Year?
New spot from Ireland features a trash can you don't want to mess with (via Waste & Recycling News).

September 2012

Two Minutes on Oceans -- with Jim Toomey: Marine Litter
A lot of our trash ends up in the ocean -- even trash discarded far upstream. Marine litter can travel hundreds of miles via rivers and waterways to even the most remote parts of the planet. It causes billions of dollars in damage, is a threat to sea life and even to human health.

July 2012

Mike Biddle TED Talk: We Can Recycling Plastic
Less than 10% of plastic trash is recycled -- compared to almost 90% of metals -- because of the massively complicated problem of finding and sorting the different kinds. Frustrated by this waste, Mike Biddle has developed a cheap and incredibly energy efficient plant that can, and does, recycle any kind of plastic.

June 2012

"Trashed" (trailer)
Youtube description: "'Trashed - No Place For Waste' with the participation of Jeremy Irons, looks at the risks to the food chain and the environment through pollution of our air, land and sea by waste. The film reveals surprising truths about very immediate and potent dangers to our health. It is a global conversation from Iceland to Indonesia between the film star Jeremy Irons and scientists, politicians and ordinary individuals whose health and livelihoods have been fundamentally affected by waste pollution. Visually and emotionally the film is both horrific and beautiful: an interplay of human interest and political wake-up call. But it ends on a message of hope: showing how the risks to our survival can easily be averted through sustainable approaches that provide far more employment than the current 'waste industry.'"

May 2012

"Garbageman's Blues"
An old classic from Sesame Street.

April 2012

Watch clips from a new documentary about the Zabaleen people in Cairo, Egypt, who collect the garbage generated by the ancient city's 17 million people. Using rickety trucks or donkey-pulled wagons, they collect the trash during the night and bring it home, where they open the bags and sort it by hand. And make use of just about everything. The slum where the Zabaleen live is literally a dump. The story is an odd blend of beauty and filth, and gives one pause to reconsider your own trash. [Synopsis paraphrased from WRN.] Click here to read the full review in Waste & Recycling News before you watch the clip.

February 2012

"Recycling a Bottle -- Flashmob Style!"
With recycling, it's the individual's actions that add up to big changes in how we manage waste. Check out what happens when someone decides to do the right thing even when no one is looking... or so they think!

January 2012

"Mottainai - don't waste what Nature gives you..."
Environmental music video from Great Leap, featuring music by Nobuko; directed and edited by Dan Kwong.

From wikipedia: "Mottainai (もったいない, 勿体無い) (pronounced moht-tai-nai) is a Japanese term meaning "a sense of regret concerning waste when the intrinsic value of an object or resource is not properly utilized." The expression "Mottainai!" can be uttered alone as an exclamation when something useful, such as food or time, is wasted, meaning roughly "Oh, what a waste!" In addition to its primary sense of "wasteful", the word is also used to mean "impious; irreverent" or "more than one deserves."

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