The US creates a lot of waste

As the climate crisis persists around us, each of us has a tangible way that we contribute each day: waste. According to the EPA, the average person produces 5.91 pounds of waste per day with 1.51 pounds of that being recycled. In addition, food waste is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions- if food waste is reduced, optimized, then composted, then we can expect the see emissions begin to draw down. If you’re looking for ways to help, you can start with your own actions. Here’s what you should know about sorting your waste into recycling, compost, and landfill.

What belongs in the recycling?

Recyclable items will vary based on your specific location and processing plant. Be sure to check local rules to see what your recycling service will and won’t recycle. This way, you can maximize your recycling efforts.

There are five categories of recycling: paper, cardboard, plastic, aluminum/metal, and glass. Here are the items that you can recycle in each. Be sure that any item recycled is empty, clean, and dry.


  • Newspaper
  • Envelopes
  • Junk mail
  • Phone books
  • Brochures
  • Magazines


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