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Recycling is the process of gathering, treating and repurposing or recreating materials into a new, usable product.1 Germany, Austria, South Korea and Wales each recycle between 52 and 56 percent of all municipal waste, and have the highest national recycling rates in the world. Europe as a whole recycles 30 percent of all its plastic waste.2 The United States, in comparison, recycles just 9 percent of its plastic waste.3 Every 15 years, plastic production nearly doubles. Of the 8 billion metric tons of plastic produced to date worldwide, 6.3 billion metric tons has become waste.4 The sum of wood and paper products discarded each year in the United States would be enough to heat 50,000,000 homes for 20 years;5 the average U.S. household throws away 13,000 pieces of paper annually.6 In one year, recycling in the United States creates 757,000 jobs and $6.7 billion in tax revenue.7 Show References
1 https://www.epa.gov/recycle/recycling-basics 2 https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/12/germany-recycles-more-than-any-other-country/ 3 https://www.epa.gov/recycle/how-do-i-recycle-common-recyclables 4 https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/plastic-produced-recycling-waste-ocean-trash-debris-environment/ 5 https://www.usi.edu/recycle/paper-recycling-facts/ 6 Ibid 7 https://www.epa.gov/recycle/recycling-basics
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