16 May '12, 1pm

16 billion beverage containers were recycled in this state in 2011: [Any guesses what state it is before you click??]

16 billion beverage containers were recycled in this state in 2011: [Any guesses what state it is before you click??]

Californians recycled over 16 billion beverage containers last year, including water, soda and juice bottles. Photo: Flickr California might be the most populous state in the country at nearly 38 million people, but it’s high recycling rates are still staggering. According to CalRecycle’s Biannual Report of Beverage Container Sales, Returns, Redemption, and Recycling Rates, released last week, Californians recycled over 16 billion beverage containers in 2011. The recycling rate stayed basically flat from the year before, but the California recycling program recovers one-fifth of all beverage containers that are recycled in the U.S. annually, Susan Collins, executive director of the Container Recycling Institute, tells Resource Recycling . California’s recycling program made about $300 million last year recovering recyclable scrap – a much needed economic boost to a state t...

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