Recycling in the US had become more and more common as the years come. I don’t remember recycling when I was little. Now, I don’t see a house in my neighborhood that doesn’t recycle. My family even adapted to the system as well. They have now have a indoor recycling bin when before they didn’t. I also remember everyone have different sizes of garbage bins. I may be wrong but I believe it is so the garbage truck can pick up the can easier. Also, at the same time, they also distributed recycle bins. I think that is truly when my family started to recycle and so did the rest of the US.
Twice as many Americans recycle now, verse 20 years ago. According to IPSOS survey, younger generation’s poor recycling habits compares to 57% of adults of 55 years and older. But… that same survey found that college graduates recycle slightly higher than the average US. I was happy to hear this because college graduates are our future generations. I am soon to be a college graduate and I’d like to think my fellow classmates are taking notice on our environment. I think we are more inform today, then we were in the past. There is hope. I’m glad that recycling has become more prominent in the United States, but thankfully we are not the only country who is. There are actually other countries that recyclable better than us! In fact, the US doesn’t even make the top 10 list.
TOP 10 Countries that Recycle
1. Austria is the first country on the list. They have the highest rate out of any other country in the world. 63% of their waste is diverted from
landfills!! They have kept this high rating for the past decade! That’s impressive Austria! Keep it up!
2. Germany comes in a close second with 62% of their waste being diverted from landfills!
3. Taiwan– 60%
4. Cairo– alternate approach
5. Egypt-alternate approach
6. Brazil-alternate approach
7. Singapore– 59%
8. South Korea– 49%
9. United Kingdom– 39%
11. France-35% (Number 11 but very close to Italy).
Now if we look at the United States we only divert 34.3 percent of waste. We as Americans generate about 254 million tons of trash and recycled and composted about 87 million tons of this material. We generate about 4.40 pounds of waste per person per day. Now if you ask me, that’s a lot of waste! On the other hand we recycle and compost about 1.51 pounds of that waste. That’s less than half. We can do better.
Although, America has come a long way from where they started. I believe are efforts have just begun. When my grand-kid’s kids are born, my hope is that the trend continues and the United States strides of recycling continue to increase and our waste in landfill decreases. This will be a positive development! The world is taking notice.
Below are two interesting videos that I found about other countries recycling! Check them out!!!
Recycling in Norway: Recycling = $$… watch below to find out why!
Sweden is so good at recycling, their taking other people’s trash?? Watch below to find out!