A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil.
Produced by: Maria Vaz Photo and Del Bello Pictures
Production Company: Maria Vaz Photo and Del Bello Pictures
Year of Production: 2007
Running Time: 51 minutes
Available formats: DVD, Amazon
Key Words: Brazil, Curitiba, recycling, scavengers, MRF,

Compost: Truth or Consequences
Produced by: Photosynthesis Productions, Inc. and Cornell Waste Management Institute; Daniel Cogan and Nancy Trautmann are listed as Executive Producers.
Year of Production: 1998
Running Time: 16 minutes
Available formats: 
youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-mJ3H9P4zw
Key Words: home composting, microbes, Cornell,

It’s Gotten Rotten
Produced by: Photosynthesis Productions, Inc, Ithaca, NY and Cornell University Waste Management Institute, under grant of NY State Energy and Research Development Authority
Production Company: Photosynthesis Productions, Inc.
Year of Production: 1996
Running Time: 20 minutes
Available formats: VHS, online from 
Key Words: compost, composting, microorganisms, invertebrates, high school, humus,

Paper Recycling [from the WHERE DOES IT GO FROM HERE: series]
Produced by: Richard A. Drury, RCS Energy Services, Leverett, Massachusetts
Production Company: ???
Year of Production: 2004
Running Time: 14 minutes
Available formats: DVD, co-packaged on one DVD with Glass Recycling (see this directory)
Key Words: paper recycling,

Recycle: From Oil to Plastic
Produced by: Alameda County Waste Management Authority and alameda county Source Reduction and Recycling Board, known as stopwaste.org.
Production Company: Ideas in Motion, Berkeley
Year of Production: 2006
Running Time: 9:10 minutes
Available formats: DVD

The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard
Produced by: Tides Foundation, Funders Workgroup for Sustainable Production and Consumption.
Production Company: Free Range Studios
Year of Production: 2008
Running Time: 20 minutes
Available formats: DVD, online from 
Key Words: production, consumption, recycling, materials economy, toxics,

Taking Back our Trash II: Putting Waste to Work
Produced by: Alameda County Waste Management Authority and Alameda County Source Reduction and Recycling Board, known since 2001 as “stopwaste.org.”
Production Company: Ideas in Motion,
Year of Production: 2000
Running Time: 28 minutes
Available formats: VHS, DVD, youtube 
Key Words: recycling, MOBRO, AB939, Bonnie Johnson, Michael Gross, Wesley Chesbro, Larry Strain, Michael Biddle, Stuart Rupp, Jason Grant, Ralph Riva, Steve Kahn, Eco-Timber, green building,

Produced by: Pixar with Disney Studios
Production Company: Disney Films
Year of Production: 2008
Running Time: 98 minutes
Available formats: DVD, amazon, Itunes. 
Key Words: trash, recycling, sustainability,

The Wasteland
Produced by: CBS News, 60 Minutes.
Production Company:
Year of Production: November, 2008 and August 2009
Running Time: 12:45
Available formats: amazon, hulu
Key Words: electronics waste, monitors, Basel Action Network, NRDC, Allen Hershkovitz, Executive Recycling, GAO,

Addicted to Plastic
Addicted to Plastic is a documentary focusing on the worldwide production and environmental effects of plastic. The host takes a 2-year trip around the world to give us a better understanding of the life cycle of plastic.
Produced by: 
Production Company: Cryptic Moth Productions 
Year of Production: 4 October 2008
Running Time: 85 min
Available formats: DVD, Amazon 
Key Words: recycling, environmental issue, plastic, ocean. 

Examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil.
Production Company: Atlas Films (III)
Year of Production: 31 July 2009
Running Time: 76 min
Available formats: Amazon, Netflix 
Key Words: pollution, environmental issue, plastic, 

Plastic Planet 
Werner Boote presents an up-close and personal view of the controversial and fascinating material that has found its way into every facet of our daily lives: plastic.
Production Company: Brandstorm Entertainment,  Cine Cartoon Filmproduktion,  FunDeMental Studios
Year of Production: 
Running Time: 95 min
Available formats: Amazon 
Key Words: plastic, health, pvc, toxic chemicals, toxic waste. 

Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch 
Angela Sun's journey of discovery to one of the most remote places on Earth, Midway Atoll, to uncover the truth behind the mystery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Production Company: ?
Year of Production: 22nd April 2014
Running Time : 57 min
Available formats: Amazon 
Key Words: Plastic, ocean, trash, pollution. 

No Impact Man: The Documentary
A Fifth Avenue family goes green when writer Colin Beavan leads his wife, Michelle Conlin, and their baby daughter on a yearlong crusade to generate no trash and otherwise make no net impact on the environment.
Production Company:  Eden Wurmfeld Films,  Shadowbox Films Inc
Year of Production: 17th June 2010
Running Time: 93 min
Available formats: Amazon, Netflix
Key Words: consumption, environmental issues 

Garbage Warrior
Imagine a home that heats itself, that provides its own water, that grows its own food. Imagine that it needs no expensive technology, that it recycles its own waste, that it has its own power source. And now imagine that it can be built anywhere, by anyone, out of the things society throws away. Thirty years ago, architect Michael Reynolds imagined just such a home - then set out to build it.
Production Company: ?
Year of Production: 23 May 2008 
Running Time: 1hr 26min
Available formats: Amazon 
Key Words: Reusing, Garbage, waste

YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip 
Mark Dixon, Ben Evans, and Julie Dingman Evans - upended our lives, pooled our collective life-savings, and set off on a first-of-its-kind, 50-state, year-long journey of discovery to personalize sustainability and to answer a critical question: Are we doomed?
Production Company: ?
Year of Production: 2 April 2011
Running Time: 113min
Available formats: Netflix
Key Words: Garbage, sustainability, climate change, ecological footprint 

The Clean Bin Project 
Is it possible to live completely waste free? In this multi-award winning, festival favourite, partners Jen and Grant go head to head in a competition to see who can swear off consumerism and produce the least garbage Their light-hearted competition is set against a darker examination of the problem waste.
Produced by: PegLeg Films
Year of Production: 2010
Running Time: 77 min 
Available formats: Rent from Vimeo, buy DVD from http://www.cleanbinmovie.com
Keywords: Consumerism, garbage, pollution, ecological footprint. 

The Secret Life Series 
(The secret life of paper, The secret life of cell phones, The secret life of beef).
Ever wonder what happens when we toss old cell phones in the trash? Take the paper we read in the morning, and the jeans and t-shirts we wear. Have you ever considered what impacts these products have on the environment, from beginning to end? INFORM’s Secret Life Series is a collection of videos that highlight the environmental impacts of everyday products we all use.
Production Company: INFORM, Inc. 
Year of Production: 
The secret life of paper - 11th August 2008
The secret life of cell phones - 17th January 2008
The secret life of beef - 2008 
Running Time: 
The secret life of paper - 5:37
The secret life of cell phones - 4:51
The secret life of beef - 6:46
Available formats: web videos from https://www.youtube.com/user/informinc 
KeyWords: trash, paper, cell phones, environmental impact, beef. 

Food and packaging waste is not simply something that ‘goes away’ when we pop it in the rubbish bin for collection by our garbos. Waste has an insidious, long-term impact on our environment, our wildlife and ultimately our own health. But how do we avoid it? In an age of excess consumption and a mindset of convenience-at-all-cost, is it possible to truly be waste free?

Production Company: Mathery Studios 
Year of Production: 2014
Running Time: 21:43
Available formats: Vimeo https://vimeo.com/87989774
KeyWords: waste, waste free living, food waste, plastic waste, ocean pollution, environmental/social impacts. 

Racing to Zero
Racing To Zero is a quick-moving, upbeat documentary presenting new solutions to the global problem of waste. By simply substituting the word RESOURCE for the word GARBAGE, a culture can be transformed, and a new wealth of industries can emerge.Three years ago the mayor of San Francisco pledged to achieve zero waste by 2020. Racing to Zero tracks San Francisco’s waste stream diversion tactics and presents innovative new solutions to waste. This film documents a surprising, engaging and inspiring race to zero.

Production Company: Bullfrog Films & Trash 24 
Year of Production: 4th October 2014
Running Time: 59 min
Available formats: Online from http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/rtz.html
KeyWords: Zero waste, E-waste, trash, city planning, 100% recycle, reduce, reuse, recycle.

Trashed: No place for waste 
In the new docu-feature TRASHED, a Blenheim Films production, produced and directed by British filmmaker Candida Brady (Madam and the Dying Swan), which was selected to receive a Special Screening at the Cannes Film Festival, Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution. This is a meticulous, brave investigative journey that takes Irons (and us) from scepticism to sorrow and from horror to hope. Brady’s narrative is vividly propelled by an original score created by Academy Award winning composer Vangelis.

Production Company: Blenheim Films 
Year of Production: 14th December 2012
Running Time: 1:38:00 
Available formats: online at the info here. 20 min exerpt here. 
KeyWords: pollution, waste, ecology, green politics, environmental disaster. 

Manufactured Landscapes 
Jennifer Baichwal's cameras follow Edward Burtynsky (1955- ) as he visits what he calls manufactured landscapes: slag heaps, e-waste dumps, huge factories in the Fujian and Zhejiang provinces of China, and a place in Bangladesh where ships are taken apart for recycling. 

Production Company: Foundry Films 
Year of Production: 13th June 2007
Running Time: 1:26:00
Available formats: Amazon. 
KeyWords: recycling, waste, photographed, manufacturing, environment, progress, polluted river, toxic waste, industrialization. 

The Recyclergy 
For decades the San Francisco Bay Area has been a hub for the recycling movement. Even the garbage companies have a long history of recycling practices. After the first Earth Day celebration in 1970, community, non-profit recycling centers began to pop up in schools, garages, and neighborhood centers all sharing the goal of bringing recycling to their cities. Now in 2006, only two non-profit recycling organizations remain in San Francisco. Despite the lack of surviving community recycling centers, the Bay Area is still home to a unique community of recyclers who push the envelope of possibilities.

Production Company: Green Planet Films 
Year of Production: 21st July 2006 
Running Time: 33 min
Available formats: Amazon, online from http://video.kqed.org/video/2365547803/
KeyWords:  Recycling, garbage, community, zero waste movement, earth day, non-profit. 

  • Buying for the Future: Contact Management for the Environmental Challenge, by Kevin J. Lyons
  • Cradle to Cradle:  Remaking the way we make things, by William McDonough and Michael Braungart
  • Ecodemia: Campus Environmental Stewardship at the Turn of the 21st Century: Lessons in Smart Management from Administrators, Staff, and Students, by Julian Keniry
  • Fostering Sustainable Behavior: An Introduction to Community Based Social Marketing, by Doug McKenzie-Mohr and William Smith
  • Fat of the Land: garbage in New York: the last two hundred years, by Benjamin Miller
  • From the cult of waste to the trash heap of history : the politics of waste in socialist and postsocialist Hungary, by Zsuzsa Gille
  • Garbage In Garbage Out: Solving the Problems with Long-Distance Trash Transport, by Vivian E. Thomson
  • Garbage in the Cities : refuse, reform, and the environment, by Martin V. Melosi
  • Garbage Land: on the secret trail of trash, by Elizabeth Royte
  • Garbage Wars: The struggle for environmental justice in Chicago, by David N. Pellow
  • Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage, by Heather Rogers
  • Greening the Ivory Tower, by Sarah Hammond Creighton
  • Harvard Business Review on Business and the Environment, by Amory Lovins
  • Solid Waste Management - Chapter in  by Jack DeBell
  • Stuff: The Secret Lives of Everyday Things,  by John C. Ryan and Alan Thein Durnin
  • The Green Campus:  Meeting the Challenge of Environmental Sustainability, by Walter Simpson
  • Trash Talk:  An inspirational guide to saving time and money through better waste and resource management, by Lillian Brummet and Dave Brummet
  • Trash, by John Knechtel
  • Waste and Want: a social history of trash, Susan Strasser
  • World of Waste: dilemmas of industrial development, by K.A. Gourlay