Tag Archives: Waste Reduction

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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Do ‘pay as you throw’ garbage disposal systems have a positive effect on recycling?

The effect of household economics on the individual’s decision to recycle has long been a topic of debate.  While there is ample evidence that money plays a role, there is a continuing debate over using volume-based disposal fee systems (which in effect punish the household for producing more waste) versus providing a monetary incentive for recycling […]
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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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