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States are reviving and upgrading consumer recycling — the nation must follow suit

Sally Greenberg writes in The Hill about state successes in recycling.

The C3 Take
  • While recycling provides many environmental benefits only a small percentage of recyclable containers and packaging end up getting recycled in the United States.
  • States are tackling this problem by creating buyback programs that incentivize recycling.
  • In Oregon, a state with such a program, aluminum cans are recycled at a rate of 85%.
  • States across the country should consider implementing similar programs to improve recycling in the U.S.

“Blue, purple and red states alike have all improved their recycling systems, in a pro-consumer way, through legislation that implemented deposit return systems for beverage containers sold locally.”

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