Tag Archives: Recycling

Waste & Recycling News claims solid waste generation in the United States is on the rise

On December 13, 2011, Waste & Recycling News reported that solid waste generation was on the rise in 2010 for the first time since 2007.  They base these findings on the US EPA Municipal Solid Waste Facts and Figures for 2010 report.  However, closer examination of the data in the EPA reporting does not bear this […]
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Recycle your holiday lights

The holidays are upon us, and most of us are in full swing decking the halls. So you get out all of your holiday decorations and start plugging light strings in one by one only to find that half no longer work. Sound familiar? So what do you do with all those dead strings of lights? […]
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Recycle your water

When it comes to conserving natural resources, water conservation is arguably the most important issue. On the surface this may seem to be a falsehood. After all, the earth is covered 2/3 with water. But did you know that only 1% of that water is available for human consumption? The rest exists either as salt […]
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A brief history of recycling in the United States

Recycling is not a new concept.  Prior to the industrial revolution and the advent of the consumer society, reuse of household items was common.  But as our culture morphed from an agriculture-based society to a manufacturing-based one, consumer goods became plentiful and cheap.  By the 1950s Americans’ wasteful ways were beginning to catch up with […]
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