Most of us probably think that we do a pretty good job recycling. Your family recycles their household waste like cardboard, plastics, or aluminum on a small scale, at home. Maybe your company uses compactors or balers to condense trash and recyclables into manageable bales. Whatever you are doing, every effort counts. But there is always more we can do. What’s in your trash?
In 2010, Americans generated over 250 billion tons of garbage. One-third of our garbage is being recycled, but that still means over 150 billion tons of garbage ends up in our landfills.
Landfill Waste Versus Recycling
- Out of the 70 million tons of paper discarded in 2010, 62.5% was recycled
- Out of the 31 million tons of plastic discarded in 2010, less then 8% was recycled
- Out of the 22.4 million tons of metals discarded in 2010, nearly 30% was recycled
- Out of the 13 million tons of textiles discarded in 2010, 15% was recycled
If we are only recycling 30% of our garbage right now, we can do better! Whether you need to help establish a better recycling program for your household, city, workplace, school, or facility, small steps can be taken to make a big difference. If Harmony Enterprises can help you find a solution for baling or compacting your waste or recyclables, please contact us.