Earlier this week, the New York Times published this story about recycling rates around the world. Germany, a country well known for its advances in green technologies and practices, came out on top with a recycling rate of 65 percent, as compared to a 35 percent recycling rate for the United States.
In Portland, recycling and composting are going up, and waste is going down
Did you know Portland recycles or composts a whopping 70 percent of its solid waste? With the addition of weekly food scrap composting service and shift to every-other-week garbage collection in 2011, residential garbage taken to the landfill has decreased by over 35 percent, and collection of compostable materials has more than doubled.
Recycling is important because it helps keep usable materials out of the landfill and it reduces unhealthy carbon emissions.
Find out more at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/climate