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[GreenYes] Fwd: [USCC] US Resource Recovery Rate reaches 30%

To: compost@compostingcouncil.org
From: Jim McNelly <jim@composter.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2002 10:31:07 -0500

FWD From Resource Recycling Magazine

National recycling rate rises to over 30 percent

While waste volumes grew a scant 0.3 percent in 2000, recycling collections rose 6.6 percent, reports the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Washington). As a result, the national recycling rate rose from 28.1 percent in 1999 to 30.1 percent the following year.

According to EPA, about 231.9 million tons of municipal solid waste were generated in the U.S. in 2000. Waste generation per capita fell 2.8 percent in 2000, to 4.5 pounds per person per day, primarily due to a decline in the use of paper and paperboard.

Recycling collections totaled 53.4 million tons, and composting activities diverted an additional 16.5 million tons from landfills. Recycling and composting rates in 2000 varied widely. The following table presents rates, in percent:

Steel cans: 58.6
Yard trimmings: 56.9
Aluminum cans: 45.0
Paper and paperboard: 36.6
Glass bottles: 25.9
Durable goods: 16.6
Plastic bottles: 8.9
Other nondurables: 6.1
Food scraps: 2.6
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