This report—prepared for the GrassRoots Recycling Network—summarizes the state of wasting and recycling in the U.S., details recycling’s many environmental and economic benefits, introduces the concept of zero waste planning, and concludes with an agenda for action. Recycling continues to increase, but is being outpaced by the rise in wasting. Landfill tonnage and interstate shipments of waste are growing. By documenting these trends, this report points to the need to expand public policies to eliminate waste and conserve resources. A must-have for recycling advocates.
by Brenda Platt and Neil Seldman
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