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State by State Recycling Information

As I was researching my master’s thesis in recycling, I discovered that finding the information I needed wasn’t always easy. In many cases, even determining which state agency was responsible for recycling was a challenge. The following is a list of  links I’ve compiled by region and state to help make finding recycling information easier. Hopefully you find it […]
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Why is recycling important?

Recycling as we know it today came about as a result of the environmental movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s.  Since that time the national recycling rate has increased from 7.3% to over 30%.  Unfortunately, despite the ‘go green’ mantra of the 2000’s our national recycling rate has remained static at 33.8% over […]
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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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