Instant free updates and much more
|CURRENT UNITED STATES RECYCLING STATISTICS||Published: 09/02/09|
|Positive ( 0 ) Negative ( 0 )|
Current United States Recycling Statistics
It's good to note that if you visit the EPA, or another recycling website, you may see the term "Recovery" used in place of recycling; but they're fairly interchangeable when discussing statistics. The (EPA) only updates recycling statistics every few years.
The last time they computed the national recycling figures was in 2005, for which the EPA shares the following United States recycling statistics:
º Overall data from 2005 concluded that recycling trends were positively increased from 2003 (the last time statistics were figured).
º Recycling and composting rates recovered 32.1 percent of MSW or 79 million tons. But this figure, you will recall, does not include hazardous, industrial, and construction waste. 32.1 percent is higher than before but still way too low.
º Approximately 8,550 curbside recycling programs existed throughout the United States, a lower figure than the 8,875 programs that existed in 2003.
º Composting programs, meaning that people recycle leaves and grass, and other organic items such as food, jumped from 3,227 in 2003 up to 3,470. For more details about how you can compost, Build a Compost Bin.
º Container and packaging recycling increased to 40 percent.
º 62 percent of yard waste was composted, which is a good percentage.
º 50 percent of all paper products were recycled -- or about 42 million tons.
º From 1990 to 2005, the amount of MSW going to U.S. landfills has decreased by 9 million tons and continues to decrease each year. However, U.S. goals should and do continue to address the fact that these figures can be improved.
My State's Better Than Your State
"My state's better than your state," should be the goal for each and every U.S. state. Childish? Maybe -- but drastic measures are necessary to curb the landfill and trash issues that the U.S. is facing. Make it your personal goal to see that your state not only stacks up, but surpasses other states in recycling trends.
Some states are already far ahead other states on the recycling curve. In Portland, Oregon, for instance, it's surprising not to see curbside recycling bins -- while in Albuquerque, New Mexico it can be surprising to actually find someone who knows what recycling is, because of the sheer lack of curbside recycling programs available.
Some states currently offer well-used electronic recycling programs and others need to start them up. One of the best ways to get people to recycle drink bottles is to create bottle deposit regulations, but states differ on this. Using the same two states above, Oregon has a bottle deposit where you receive five cents back for each bottle you take to a deposit facility. The recycling areas for Oregon are everywhere and are easily accessible in places such as grocery stores.
Gallup, New Mexico has a recycling program for plastic bottles where you're paid one cent for each pound of plastic bottles you recycle. The payment per pound for recyclables in Gallup is consistent with the rest of the states' recycling centers. You can take an entire van stuffed, as full as possible, with shredded paper to a local center in Albuquerque, and receive only three dollars for your time and effort. Which state do you think has better recycling rates?
How Does Your State Stack Up?
One of the best ways to improve United States recycling statistics is to start at the state level, community level, and home level. The more responsibility taken at lower links in the recycling chain, the better the national outcomes will be.
Most states provide recycling statistics of some sort. your personal state's recycling page can provide you with valuable information about programs, statistics, ideas, and ways you can help make a difference by recycling. For instance, if you need to know where to recycle a certain type of biodegradable plastic, check your state website.
Usually, state recycling websites offer ideas on who to contact if you feel that your state isn't doing its best. Consumer interest is a great way to get recycling programs going in your community.
For More Info Click Here http://smartrecyclingsolutions.com
There are no comments for this elert. Be the first to comment.