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From: Fred Friedman (FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPA.GOV)
Date: Tue Aug 08 2000 - 13:12:09 EDT


Date: Tue, 8 Aug 2000 13:12:09 -0400 (EDT)
From: FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPA.GOV (Fred Friedman)
Subject: Re: How many US household recycle? (R. W. Rushing)

Aug. 8, 2000

Dear R. W. Rushing:

The answer to your question is that no one counts this. We know that as of 1998 there were about 9,000 curbside collection (serving 51% of the population and makng recycling comparatively easy) and 12,000 drop-off recycling programs serving the US and that about 95% of the US had access to a recycling program. 28% of recyclable waste was recycled. I suspect that that 28% figure is also the approximate answer to your question, but I have no hard, finite, documentable proof.

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