GRN Recycle Talk FAQ

Date: Fri Jan 17 1997 - 04:47:00 EST

Date: Fri, 17 Jan 97 09:47 WET
Subject: Re: Recycling (Devon)

January 17

Dear Devon:

You do the math. Here s the statistics:

In 1994 the US landfilled or incinerated 209 million tons of MSW recovering by recycling or composting, 49 million tons of it. We are recovering 45.9% of newsprint; the rest is not recovered; we recover 35.3% of all paper and paperboard; we recover 23.4% of glass; we recover 52.9% of metals. There are 10,410 million tons of metals generated in a given year (but don t forget that we aren t dumping from a year s production only). We generate 13,270 million tons of glass in a given year (but the same is true here). We generate 11,100 million tons of newspapers and 81,300 million tons of paper and paperboard in a given year.
The bulk of the rest of the statistics that you need are in Characterization of MSW in the US, 1960-2000 and available from the Research Library if you live in New England (FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPAMAIL.EPA.GOV) or from the RCRA Hotline if you are in the rest of the country.(800-424-9346).

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