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Zero Precent turns to crowdfunding to prevent food waste Distributing food to the need is often more problematic than supplying it in Chicago. Good food goes to waste at downtown restaurants because nonprofits, many of which are located on the outskirts of the city, don’t have the resources to go pick up leftovers.

The $100,000 job: Garbage workers

When Noel Molina smells trash, he smells money. Lots of it. Molina and his co-worker, Tony Sankar, have been picking up trash together for a decade in New York City. They’ve seen, and smelled, it all. Stale fish, footlong rats, dead pigs and cows. Countless drunks have heckled them. And yes, one time Sankar saw a human leg in a dumpster.

Drone to help refuse-collecting robot find refuse bins

Students from three universities have collaborated with Volvo Group and the waste recycling company Renova. The result is a robot that automatically collects and empties refuse bins. A drone on the roof of the refuse truck scans the area and helps the robot to find the bins.

From Blue Jeans to Placemat

Turn your old blue jeans into an organized placemat.
Full tutorial here