Aluminum Can Recycling and Acces to Curbside Recycling

Aluminum Can Recycling and Access to Curbside Recycling

 


    Curbside recycling expanded dramatically in the nineties, growing from 2,711 programs in 1990 to 9,257 programs in 1999. During that period, the number of Americans served by curbside recycling increased from 37 million to 133 million.
The population with access to curbside recycling continued to grow, though at a slower pace, throughout the remainder of the decade - from 41.5 percent in 1994 to 48.8 percent in 1999.
    Despite this growth in 'at home' recycling opportunities, rates for aluminum cans, glass containers and PET bottles -- standard items in most curbside programs - declined.
    The rate for aluminum can recycling reached a high of 65% in 1992, but dropped to 55% in 1999. The glass container rate (not including refillable bottles) reached a high of 33.4% in 1995, but slipped to 31.4% in 1999. After reaching a high of 37.5% in 1994 the PET plastic bottle recycling rate plummeted to 22.8% in 1999.