Recycling Info: Many don’t know

According to a recent poll, when it comes to their solid waste and what to do with it, 44% of the adults in America say they don’t have easy access to answers for their recycling questions. The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), conducted an online survey this past December with Harris Poll.

Of those surveyed, the poll’s results showed that more than 103 million Americans over the age of 18 must rely on their own devices to figure out what can and cannot be recycled, information about the recycling process, and other details about recycling. Of the nearly half those polled who needed answers, 52% of them search the Internet, 21% turn to local government sources, and 18% ask their friends and family. Those remaining turned to other sources. See more details in ISRI’s full news release.

Here are key issues raised by the poll according to Robin Wiener, president of ISRI:

It is deeply troubling to know that almost half of adults do not have access to recycling information.

“When people do not know how, what, or where to recycle, it can lead to trash entering and contaminating the recycling stream. It could also lead to recyclable materials ending up in landfills.”

“Further public education on recycling by municipalities is needed to clear up confusion, promote proper recycling, and thereby increase recycling rates.”

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