Every year, Americans throw away 22 million tons of perfectly recyclable goods and materials. According to TheRecyclingPartnership.org, this represents an economic loss of approximately $1.8 billion as well as a burden on the climate of about 50 million tons of greenhouse gases.
But according to the 2016 annual report by that organization, only 50% of U.S. households have a curbside recycling option.
And for households that do have access to a recycling program, typically only half of the items that could be recycled, are recycled. The rest is thrown away. Clearly there is more work to be done to ensure that every citizen has access to and takes full advantage of a community recycling program.
No matter where you live, recycling just makes sense.
If you live in an area that doesn’t yet offer a recycling program, check out these tips for getting your city to recycle based on information found at GreenOklahoma.com:
Earth911 also offers some good advice in its 6 steps to starting a community recycling program. And to learn about existing resources available in your state, check out HometownDumpsterRental.com’s Big List of Recycling Organizations Helping America Go Green.
Need helping knowing what’s recyclable? We love Busch System’s ultimate “Can I recycle that?” list.
Wondering which cities are world leaders in recycling? Check out this list from Harmony1.com.