06 May '11, 10am

Single-Stream Recycling Up in the US: In 1960 we recycled 6% of our waste - today it's 34% [VIDEO] via @WasteManagement

The following is an op-ed piece by Wes Muir, director of communications for Waste Management. It does not describe the views or opinions of Earth911. As the world continues to push forward in efforts to secure a sustainable future, it’s often important to step back and reflect on the progress we’ve made to date. From a waste solutions perspective, we have continued to make strides in the way we consume and dispose of materials. Let’s look at a milk carton, for example. For centuries now, convenience and cost-cutting measures have determined how our culture has consumed, which explains why the milkman’s iconic glass bottle in the early 1900s was replaced by paper and plastic cartons. Interestingly, 20 years ago, only one curbside recycling program existed in the U.S. Not until our environment became a top priority did consumers proactively collect their plastic milk cartons...

Full article: http://earth911.com/news/2011/05/06/single-stream-recycli...

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