Unnecessary Waste Threatens Our Future

In the US, every year 22 million tons of household recyclables go to landfills, become litter, and pollute our waters. While packaging plays a key role in keeping products safe and transportable, it too often is discarded when it could be used again. Recycling protects resources from depletion, allows communities to manage the amount of trash they have to handle, and protects the environment by saving water and greenhouse gases.


In America, we recycle about half of what is actually recyclable in our households. That means that we are losing out on $1.8 billion in economic loss from valuable recyclable materials that don't get recycled and end up in landfills along with wasted water, natural resources, and energy.

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