Are You Gonna Eat That? The Future of Recycling
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|In the very near future, you're not just going to recycle soda cans and glass jars. You're going to recycle last night's leftovers. The recycling of plastic, glass and paper has taken firm hold in the United States after years of steady growth. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. recovered about 10 percent of such material in 1960; it recovered 37 percent in 2012. On the other hand, composting, the recycling of food and yard waste — is an old idea that's just beginning to gain traction in U.S. cities. The EPA said that the amount of food waste that was recycled was still below 5 percent in 2012, although that was up from essentially nothing as late as 1980.
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