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Dec 15, 2011 / Richard Hall

US recycling shock

It’s not shocking that US recycling rates rose in 2010. They should have.

It is shocking that they are no better than in the late 1990s.

Figures from the Aluminum Association show that aluminium recycling reached over 60% up to 2000. In 2010 it was … 58.1%.

Numbers from NAPCOR, the National Association for PET Container Resources, put PET recycling at close to 25% in 1998. In 2010 it was … 29.1%.

Our industry really must make more progress than this.

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  1. David Thompson / Jan 11 2012

    Sad to see the realities of industry Vs Environment combined with the apathy from consumers thinking that waste is “out of sight/out of mind”. Container Deposit Legislation improves consumer behaviour, as we have recycle rates of over 60% for PET here in South Australia, with the expansion of the CDL Legislation moving to other regions of Australia in the coming time. It has been proven to work and diverts such a huge resource from landfill and litter. There is new technologies to convert plastics to energy being developed (non furnace), we need more innovation and investment with waste recycling such as this, and hope they get supported.

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