We recycle what we can...or at least what we remember to. That is, if there is a recycling bin around...close...nearby. Ok, if we don't see one, we throw it into the trash. It's easier than carrying it around in the car and remembering to get it out when we get to a recycling bin, if we remember to look for one. In our fast-pace, busy lives, the last thing we need is to try to remember one more thing. What we are looking for is ease and convenience.
Recycling, even the more convenient and up-to-date Single Stream recycling, takes time and effort on our part to make happen successfully. Single Stream recycling, as adopted by the majority of cities, allows residents to place all of their recyclables into the same container loose, unsorted, and unbagged. States, cities, and people in general will have higher participation rates if it is as convenient as possible. If there were a recycling bin next to every trash container we saw, would the recycling rate be higher?
Let's examine the top recycling cities in the United States to see where each ranks:
10. Austin, Texas - An ambitious goal set by this city is to be carbon neutral by 2020. Austin Energy is
the nation's top seller of renewable energy among 850 utility-sponsored
programs, which makes its goal to power the city solely on clean energy
definitely within reach.