31 Jul '12, 1pm

$11.4 billion worth of recyclables enter landfills in the U.S. each year:

Photo: Flickr/Wisconisn Department of Natural Resources A new report by As You Sow , an organization that promotes corporate environmental responsibility, shows that a staggering $11.4 billion worth of recyclables enter landfills each year – materials that could be easily reused or recycled. Forty percent of the U.S. waste stream is comprised of packaging, most of which can be recycled, the report says. The haul and management expenses of those valuable recyclables-turned-trash eventually falls back on the U.S. taxpayer. “Americans throw away more materials than any other country,” says Conrad MacKerron, Senior Program Director of As You Sow in a press release . “This used to be a sign of economic progress, but in an age of declining natural resources, such waste is now an indicator of inefficient use of valuable raw materials and market failure. It’s simply not good busin...

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