Recycling is something which most people are already aware of as far as the benefits and the impact on the environment are considered. The “how to” is something about which a lot of people are not so sure of, and a recent study sheds more light on this fact.
The study claims that curbside recycling is already available to more than 50% of Americans, but if more awareness was given at a public level, people would be able to recycle more effectively. The study pointed out that people should be educated about what can be recycled and how it can be done at home. The study has been conducted by the waste management association.
The study also stated that over 66% of Americans were already clear about materials which can easily be recycled. As for the remaining citizens, they should be given more education.
Another survey, comprising a sample size of 2,000 people was also conducted some time back. This survey also highlights similar facts. It claims that 55% of the people are involved in curbside recycling. Among the respondents, 67% were aware of what has to be recycled and 64% people knew that it was necessary to wash food containers properly before they are placed into a recycle bin.
The survey put forward another interesting fact. Nearly 40% people are not aware that plastic bags cannot be recycled that easily and continue to throw it in the bins. None of these people knew that plastic bags could damage the recycling plants.
According to the survey, 9% of people throw out materials into a recycling container only when they are sure it can be recycled. 20% pointed out that they threw all their trash in even if they were not sure about it.
It’s great to know that many people were already aware about recycling, knew what could be recycled and had knowledge of how it was done. All these people are already playing their parts. The waste management industry should focus on the remaining ones who might be able to perform their duties just as well if only they had the education.
Recycling education is a must if damage to recycling facilities is to be prevented.
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