Americans Recycling Less, Sending Twice as Much Waste to Landfills
Yale University researchers looked at the records for more than 1,200 landfills and published their findings in the journal Nature Climate Change, the Associated Press reports. The Yale researchers reported 289 million tons in 2012; the EPA estimated 135 million tons for the same year. The Yale teamâ€™s 2013 waste-to-landfill calculations rose to 294 million tons.
If the Yale figures are correct, Americans arenâ€™t recycling as much as the EPA thought. The agency estimated that Americans recycled 34.5 percent of their waste in 2012; the Yale calculation would put the recycling rate would at 21.4 percent.
David Steiner, CEO of Waste Management, has recently said â€śthis is a crisis for the future of recycling. Momentum has been upâ€¦for the last 20 years, and now itâ€™s stalling.â€ť
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