Recycling Across The Globe
Over the last quarter-century, recycling in the United States has evolved from something only a handful of people did with a small amount of waste to an everyday fact of life. A few decades ago, the most involvement many Americans had with recycling was returning bags of empty aluminum cans or glass bottles to a special recycling center for a few cents. Today, however, the recycling bin is as much a part of Americans’ daily routine as the trash can. Just about everyone has gotten into the habit of tossing their recyclable waste into the appropriate receptacle instead of grouping everything together in the same one. As a result, Americans recycle approximately one-third of municipal solid waste generated each year, compared to less than one-tenth in 1980. Although there remains a lot of work to be done before America solves all of its ecological problems, the acceptance of recycling is one of the American green movement’s most resounding successes.
Nonetheless, it’s important to remember that the environment doesn’t end at our borders. Protecting the environment is a global issue, and it’s one that most other nations have been working to solve at the same time as the United States. In some cases, these nations have made a much stronger commitment to recycling than Americans. While in other cases, nations are playing catch-up to America’s recycling efforts. For example, Switzerland leads the world in recycling, with more than 52 percent of that nation’s waste being recycled. That includes recycling more than 167 metric tons of paper per 1,000 people each year. On the other hand, Romania has the world’s worst recycling rate, recycling only 1 percent of all of the waste its people generate in a year. While Americans by and large have come to accept the recycling bin, we lag behind Germany, where the average home has at least five color-coded bins for recycling different types of waste.
For these and more interesting facts about recycling around the world, see the following infographic below. Saving the environment is more than an American problem, and this shows how nations across the globe are doing their part.
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