Americans Not Recycling as much to Green Living Guy Standards

Americans continue to improve recycling habits, but what exactly is getting recycled? Roll Off Dumpster Direct has compiled recycling data into a new infographic, depicting what happens to specific recycling materials.

The goal here is to educate people on proper disposal of recyclables.

To put perspective on the infographic, just think that Americans recycled and composted almost 87 million tons of municipal solid waste in 2012. As well, in the same year, Americans generated over 251 million tons of trash; which makes the recycling rate only 34.5%.

Even though it’s vogue to recycle those yard trimmings and paper products, food waste that is plastic, metal, aluminum or paper (“other waste”) makes up a big portion of generated waste; meaning the stuff NOT recycled alot.

On the other hand, I recycle about 90-95 percent of what I bring in the house and trimmings too. Let’s get moving so we can cut our collection costs and increase recycling revenues. Right?!?!?

Infographic by Roll Off Dumpster Direct

Written by greenlivingguy

The Green Living Guy, Seth Leitman is a green living expert, celebrity and Editor of the McGraw-Hill, TAB Green Guru Guides. Seth is also an Author, Radio Host, Reporter, Writer and a Environmental Consultant on green living. The Green Living Guy writes about green living, green lighting, the green guru guides and more. Seth's books range from: # Build Your Own Electric Vehicle by Bob Brant and Seth Leitman (2nd and 3rd editions) # Build Your Own Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle by Seth Leitman # Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle by Carl Vogel # Green Lighting by Seth Leitman, Brian Clark Howard and Bill Brinsky # Solar Power For Your Home by David Findley # Renewable Energies For Your Home by Russel Gehrke # Do-it-Yourself Home Energy Audits by David Findley # Build Your Own Small Wind Power System by Brian Clark Howard and Kevin Shea # and more green living books to follow.