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EPA Releases 2006 Recycling Estimates

According to the EPA (Enviromental Protection Agency), Americans produced 251
million tons of municipal solid waste in 2006. That’s 4.5 pounds a day for every man,
woman, and child in the country. The good news is 82 million tons of that waste was
recycled or composted. Good show people!

The materials recycled in 2006 the EPA estimates as follows:

Aluminum Cans ———- 45.1%

Auto Batteries ——— 99%

Glass Containers ——- 25.3%

Paper and Paperboard — 51.6%

Plastic HDPE Milk
and Water Bottles —– 31%

Plastic Soft Drink
Bottles —— 30.9%

Steel Cans ———— 62.9%

Tires —————- 34.9%

Yard Trimmings ——— 62%

While we wait on the 2007 numbers, all we can do is hope they’re higher. However,
we still have 5 months of 2008 left. Wouldn’t it be cool if this year we doubled
the 2006 numbers?

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  1. DineometerDeb Says:

    Those are actually much higher percentages than I would have thought. Good thing!

    DineometerDebs last blog post..As the Blog World Turns

  2. Linda Says:

    Hi DineometerDeb … It is much higher than first thought, surprised me.

  3. Barbara Says:

    Hi Linda,

    Love these stats! It would be great if 2008 was the best year ever!

  4. Barbara Says:

    Hi Linda,

    Love these stats! It would be great if 2008 was the best year ever!

    Barbaras last blog post..How About These Pickens?

  5. Linda Says:

    hey Barbara … Yep but first comes 2007 … they are always behind!

  6. laketrees Says:

    here’s hoping that you are right on the improved stats for 2007 Linda 🙂
    I see that you have this new commenting system enabled..I will have to check it out 🙂

    laketreess last blog post..Goodbye Olive

  7. Barbara Swafford Says:

    Hi Linda,

    Those look like pretty good numbers. We can only hope 2008 with be much better. After all, living green is the way to go.

    Barbara Swaffords last blog post..It’s Not Your Fault I Can’t Spell

  8. nobe Says:

    hello!

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  9. Linda Says:

    Hi Laketrees … It seems to be working pretty good and thanks for coming by!

    Hi Barbara … going green is not as bad as folks make it out to be. It is just a little adjustment.

    Hi Nobe … try leaving a comment versus your site!!!!

  10. Beth Says:

    I think these numbers are stronger than I thought they would be. However I really don’t trust what this agency would report.

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