Beverage Container Reuse and Recycling

US Access to curbside Recycling vs Recycling Rates for 3 Container Types 1990 - 2002


In 1990, about 2,700 curbside programs were in place serving 15% of the US population; by 2000, almost 10,000 programs had appeared, serving half the population. Despite this tripling in curbside access, recycling rates for all three major container types have continued to decline.