19 Aug '11, 3pm

Recycling Surveys Fail Manufacturers, Earth911 Says

Traditional surveys of recycling methods and rates around the U.S. tend to give a distorted picture to manufacturers looking to promote the recyclability of their products, according to a report by Earth911. In Can Consumers Recycle Your Product? , the recycling information company said one of the most common methods of collecting recycling availability information is to conduct surveys with municipal solid waste offices, then extrapolate information across the entire country. But this method poses three significant problems, Earth 911 said. First, surveys typically include only large metro areas. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, there are over 18,000 cities, townships and villages in the U.S. While these communities have varying levels of population, even an aggressive outreach of 500 cities would still represent less than three percent of the potential municipal recycl...

Full article: http://www.environmentalleader.com/2011/08/19/recycling-s...

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