DITP_ePub.xhtml by Nathan Shedroff

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Section 3:

Recycle

We’ve all heard about the need to recycle, but few of us do it to the extent that we could, and this causes a great deal more environmental impact than necessary. For example, in 2005 (the latest year for the EPA to report), U.S. citizens recycled about a third of what went into the municipal waste stream. That’s a steady improvement, but not a figure to be proud of, nor a sustainable strategy. The items with the best recycling rates included containers and packaging (roughly, 40 percent). In addition, approximately 60 percent of yard waste was recycled overall, although far less food waste. However, to temper all of these gains, the overall amount of trash is increasing rapidly. From 1980 to 2005, U.S. citizens generated ...

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