Columbus' new garbage trucks rolled out, heralding the dawn of a re-imagined citywide refuse collection. One person will operate each of the new “Columbus Blue” automated side loaders instead of the three-person team it once took to collect the city’s tons of garbage. But all is not well, residents say.
Researchers in Virginia Beach, Va., show how they test wastewater for signs of COVID-19, and how they're preparing to look for other health threats.
November 19 is World Toilet Day, created by the U.N. in 2013. At issue: Billions of people do not have access to a safe toilet. But how do you get the world to pay attention to this forgotten problem?
The ancient disease is still a killer. And even though there are new drugs, there's a growing rate of antibiotic-resistance cases. Here's a look at the latest strategies to tame typhoid.
Let's take time off from pondering the pandemic to enjoy some toilet humor courtesy of signage sent in by our audience — and also to think about how lucky we are if we have a safe toilet.
Chicago residents are upset about a foul liquid running through their streets. NPR's Scott Simon notes that runoff from rundown garbage trucks has long had a stomach-turning nickname: "The Gravy."
In New Orleans, some residents are still living with the trash from Hurricane Ida, more than three weeks after the storm. Residents and city officials are outraged at the delays in trash pickups.
In 2017, a study reported one in three people in one rural Alabama county had been exposed to hookworm. Catherine Coleman Flowers says the study reveals big gaps in sanitation in rural America.