Sally Greenberg writes in The Hill about state successes in recycling.
- 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.”
Read the full article here.