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Pandemic Recycling Data Shows Big Spikes in Cardboard Boxes, Aluminum Cans, Bottles
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"The pandemic's effects were clearly seen in home recycling bins," said
Since the beginning of the pandemic, online shopping has risen to new heights – and those cardboard boxes have shown up in recycling bins, with a 63% increase in residential cardboard in some markets. In addition, households have been consuming more food and beverages at home, resulting in significant increases in recycled aluminum (17%), glass (13%) and plastic bottles (7%).
Organic waste, which includes food and yard waste, also experienced a major increase, as people cooked and did yard work while at home over the last year.
Recycling is a simple way that everyone can be more sustainable in their daily lives, and it's important to know how and what to recycle. Visit RecyclingSimplified.com for recycling tips, videos and other materials, as well as recycling curriculum for educators.
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