Recycling rates dropping across U.S.

A decade ago or so, no earth-friendly activity was more popular than recycling. But now, with the alleged garbage crisis no longer making headlines and Americans finding other priorities, recycling has taken a downturn across the nation. According to an article in USA Today, Americans recycled two-thirds of our aluminum beverage cans in 1992, but now, that number is less than half. Plastic bottle recycling has also declined, from 37% in 1995, down to just over 20% today. With many states dramatically missing the high recycling targets they set for themselves in the 1990’s, it appears reality is settling in on America’s recycling fad.

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