What is the current overall recycling rate in the US?
According to the EPA, the overall recycling rate is 32.1 percent.
What percent of Americans have access to curbside municipal recycling for common plastic items?
According to a recent survey by Greenpeace, 87 percent of Americans have access to easy recycling for #1 and #2 plastics.
Which of the following is (usually) acceptable for curbside recycling?
Glass, metal, paper, and #1 and #2 plastics are commonly accepted for curbside recycling.
Which of the following should you not put in curbside recycling?
Food can contaminate recyclable materials—make sure what you recycle is clean. Batteries require special recycling—ask your local government. And plastic bags can gum up machines, so look for a special recycling center at your grocery store.
Which of these is the most difficult to recycle?
Juice cartons, or boxes, are a combination of plastic and/or metal lining, and paper. This makes cartons harder to recycling than plastic, glass, and aluminum.
How long does it take glass to decompose?
Yep—a long time.
What can recycled plastic become?
While some plastics are called “single-use,” they can actually have multiple lives.
One ton (2000 pounds) of recycled plastic saves
What is the most common kind of trash put in a landfill?
According to the EPA, 23 percent of all solid waste is paper, followed by food at 21 percent. Plastic and yard trimmings each make up 12 percent.
Will you pledge to recycle more?
Small choices can have big effects!