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Waste & Recycling March 08, 2018 01:30:45 PM

U.S. Households Declare Strong Support to Recycling

Paul Ploumis
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As of today, nearly 62% of American households have access to carton recycling. It must be noted that only 18% of US households had access to carton recycling in 2009, the year in which The Carton Council was formed.
U.S. Households Declare Strong Support to Recycling

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The recent research survey conducted by the Carton Council of North America indicates overwhelming support for recycling. The positive attitude of consumers has taken recycling participation to all-time high. The survey suggests notable positive shift in recycling attitude over the past two years.

According to Carton Council of North America, 94% of the Americans were found to be supportive of recycling. Out of this, almost 74% of the survey respondents believe that recycling is important and must be made a priority, significantly higher when considering the fact that only 61% believed so in the survey conducted two years back. The remaining 20% are of the opinion that recycling is somewhat important and that people should do whatever they could to try to recycle.

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Jason Pelz, vice president of recycling projects for the Carton Council of North America stated that the Council is extremely pleased to see that positive attitude towards recycling is constantly growing. The joint efforts by various organizations and companies have made recycling more convenient, efficient and simple. The Council will continue to work in collaboration with other stakeholders to ensure that every food and beverage carton is recycled to make new, useful products, Pelz added.

As of today, nearly 62% of American households have access to carton recycling. It must be noted that only 18% of US households had access to carton recycling in 2009, the year in which The Carton Council was formed.

The survey revealed that 61% of consumers always recycle their food and beverage cartons. The recycling rate had been way lower at 50% during the previous survey. Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Delaware were the leaders in recycling of food and beverage cartons.

The above findings are based on the online survey of nearly 7,000 interviews conducted by Research+Data Insights in December 2017.

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