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Waste is up—but so is recycling



The bad news is the amount of waste Americans generated in 2010 rose. The good news? We’re recycling more. As Waste & Recycling News reported on December 26, 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency found that trash increased by 6.2 million tons, for a total of 249.86 million tons (the first increase since 2007, incidentally). But happily, the “national recycling rate is also on the rise, with Americans recycling or composting thirty-four percent of their waste.” More interesting stats from the EPA:

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