Although the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that up to 75% of the United States’ waste stream is recyclable, only 30% of it actually gets recycled each year, according to RecoverUSA.com (http://nnw.fm/3UC3g). Approximately one-third of an average landfill is made up of packaging material, with more than 60% of the landfill being paper, plastic, food waste, glass, and metal.
Only 1% of aluminum products and 1% of plastic products are recycled in the United States each year, although Americans discard 25 million plastic bottles every hour. With paper and cardboard making up most of industrial waste products, if companies establish a paper and cardboard recycling program, they would make…
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