Recycling – US Waste Generation Exceeds Recycling Progress

According to a November 16, 2020 Resource Recycling story  “… The U.S. recycling and composting rate took a significant dive in 2018, falling from 35% to 32% …” – According to “… The U.S. EPA recently published national waste and recycling data for the 2018 calendar year. The agency found the U.S. generated 292 million short tons of waste, of which 69 million tons were recycled and 25 million tons were composted.

Together, those materials recovery efforts notched a 32.1% recycling and composting rate, down substantially from 35.2% in 2017. Without including composting, the recycling rate was 23.6%, down from 24.9% … ‘Although more tons were recycled in 2018 than ever before, the recycling rate decreased to the lowest levels since 2006’ …” – The November 2020 EPA report is here:  #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #Recycling