Austin Waste Management: How Much Do Americans Recycle?

Posted: November 16, 2013 in Recycling
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Today is the 14th national America Recycles Day. In honor of the holiday, we wanted to share some stats about how much America recycles…

  1. In 1960, 94% of trash ended up in landfills. Now, that number is down to 54%.
  2. 75% of our waste is recyclable, but we only recycle 30% of it.
  3. In 20 years, paper recycling increased by 90%!
  4. Only 25% of Americans admit they don’t recycle.
  5. The average American produces 4.5 pounds of trash per day, but only recycles 1.5 pounds of it!

As you can see we’ve made a lot of progress, but we’ve still got a long ways to go!

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