Recycling Rates Increase with Curbside Service

Today, it’s estimated that more than 90 percent of the country has access to some type of recycling program and each American keeps more than 1.5 pounds of recyclables out of the landfill each day. Those encouraging numbers are driven by environmental concerns and, as importantly, the presence of curbside recycling programs.

Curbside recycling programs help sustain and grow recycling programs for a couple of reasons: They are convenient and available to more than 70 percent of the population.

Waste Connections of Tennessee in Memphis is committed not only to sustainable operations but increasing the use of those operations. With convenience in mind, Waste Connections offers residential recycling to preserve the environment, help people avoid landfill fees, generate recycling revenue and reduce pollution.

Though they’ve plateaued somewhat in 2016, recycling programs have shown historical growth. In the United States, of the 258 million tons of municipal solid waste created in 2014, about 89 million tons was recycled and composted which amounts to about 35 percent. What makes it more impressive is that in the past 20 years recycling rates have climbed by about 20 percent.

The single stream curbside recycling program is playing a role in the increase in recycling rates. Single stream recycling is easy: All allowable recyclables go into one or two containers and the sorting is done later.

In a residential single stream containers, allowable items include metal cans, and  plastic containers. The EPA reports that containers and packaging made up 76 million tons of the 258 million tons of municipal solid waste in 2014. The good news is that containers and packaging are also the highest product category being recycled with 51 percent of the products being generated later recycled.

Basically, what’s allowed in curbside single stream recycling containers is being recycled at high rates. Waste Connections is proud to be part of that recycling success story.

But there’s always work to be done and there’s a bright future for recycling in the United States. While curbside collection is more common in larger cities, other recycling options and drop off recycling is available to customers in other areas. And, as reported by the Pew Research Center, as community norms favor recycling, the programs and services for recycling tend to increase.

Waste Connections of Tennessee in Memphis makes recycling easy and encourages residential customers to participate. Single stream recycling services are offered to most residential and commercial customers. Waste Connections also offers the added benefits of the Recyclebank program. The Recyclebank program rewards participants for recycling and making choices that support a sustainable future.


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