U.S. cities, states fall short on 2020 recycling goals
Many cities and states across the U.S. that have vowed to reduce their landfill waste by 2020 are falling short on their waste reduction goals. And, according to a Bloomberg Environment report, the challenges go beyond the implementation of China’s import ban.
National and location-specific obstacles—such as aspirational recycling and the need for a more resilient recycling market and infrastructure—have hindered the nation’s progress when it comes to recycling.
Bloomberg Environment recently looked at five cities, three states, one county and one university that set 2020 markers to increase recycling above the national average, which has plateaued at about 35 percent for recycling and composting. According to the report, “none has met its goals, and most don’t think they’ll meet them later this year, either.”
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