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New York State: Extra trashy

Jul 13, 2010 12:14 am
From Lissa Harris in Watershed Post:
A new report from the state Department of Environmental Conservation gives New York low marks for recycling, the Times Herald-Record's Adam Bosch reports.
On average, the United States recycles about 33 percent of its municipal solid waste, not including construction and demolition debris. New York recycles 20 percent. The state's ability to divert trash from landfills looks even worse when historical goals are considered: In 1987, New York aimed to recycle 50 percent of waste by 1997.
Undeterred by the state's utter failure to meet its recycling goal in 1997, the DEC has set a new one: 90 percent by 2018. Read the entire story in Watershed Post.