Recycling in the United States - Statistics & Facts

Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products. One of the primary reasons that recycling is promoted in the waste industry is due to its ability to reduce the strain on the environment. Recycling is one of the ways that society can simultaneously contribute to improving the environment, the economy, sustainable manufacturing and preventing waste polluting both terrestrial and marine environments. In recent years, the impact of plastic waste pollution has been brought to global attention, garnering increased support for improvements in plastic recycling.

Recycling rates in the U.S.

There is no federal law that mandates recycling in the United States. Therefore, recycling legislation is localized through city or state governments. Individual states and cities are responsible for management of waste and can create recycling goals or landfill bans of recyclable materials. The U.S. is one of largest producers of municipal solid waste worldwide, and although the recycling rate in the U.S. has increased massively since 1960, it has slowed down considerably in the past decade. When compared to recycling rates worldwide, recycling in the U.S. is relatively low, especially when compared to countries such as Germany and South Korea.

Confusion about recycling

One reason for the United States’ relatively low recycling rate is that many American’s do not understand recycling. It is often not known what products are recyclable, with people often thinking items such as plastic straws and plastic bags are recyclable, when in fact they are frequently not. In a bid to raise awareness about recycling, each year millions of Americans take part in “America Recycles Day” on November 15th. The day is to encourage citizens to recycle and buy recycled products.

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Recycling in the United States - Statistics & Facts

Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products. One of the primary reasons that recycling is promoted in the waste industry is due to its ability to reduce the strain on the environment. Recycling is one of the ways that society can simultaneously contribute to improving the environment, the economy, sustainable manufacturing and preventing waste polluting both terrestrial and marine environments. In recent years, the impact of plastic waste pollution has been brought to global attention, garnering increased support for improvements in plastic recycling.

Recycling rates in the U.S.

There is no federal law that mandates recycling in the United States. Therefore, recycling legislation is localized through city or state governments. Individual states and cities are responsible for management of waste and can create recycling goals or landfill bans of recyclable materials. The U.S. is one of largest producers of municipal solid waste worldwide, and although the recycling rate in the U.S. has increased massively since 1960, it has slowed down considerably in the past decade. When compared to recycling rates worldwide, recycling in the U.S. is relatively low, especially when compared to countries such as Germany and South Korea.

Confusion about recycling

One reason for the United States’ relatively low recycling rate is that many American’s do not understand recycling. It is often not known what products are recyclable, with people often thinking items such as plastic straws and plastic bags are recyclable, when in fact they are frequently not. In a bid to raise awareness about recycling, each year millions of Americans take part in “America Recycles Day” on November 15th. The day is to encourage citizens to recycle and buy recycled products.

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In the following 4 chapters, you will quickly find the {amountStatistics} most important statistics relating to "Recycling in the United States".

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