New survey data suggests that Americans are filled with pride as they fill their recycling bins, but are often left wanting when searching for recycling options while on the go.
More than 4 in 5 Americans (82 percent) say they feel a sense of pride when they recycle, according to a new survey conducted online in October by Harris Interactive and commissioned by the Environmental Industry Associations (EIA), the trade group representing those who protect the environment and public health by managing America’s waste and recycling.
“Recycling participation rates have increased dramatically during the last few decades in the U.S., and that is an achievement that all Americans should celebrate,” said Sharon H. Kneiss, president and CEO of EIA. “There is positive, pent-up desire to recycle even more in America. But we need more recycling options on our main streets and in our shopping malls, restaurants, theaters, airports, gas stations and other public spaces.”
Most Americans do not indicate success at recycling while out about town, and more than 3 in 5 (62 percent) report feeling guilty every time they throw something away instead of recycling it, underscoring a pressing need for expanded options in public and leisure spaces.
Major findings of the survey include:
“Wherever there is a public trash can, there also should be a recycling bin within sight,” said Anne Germain, EIA’s waste and recycling technology director. “People think about recycling and inherently want to, but they need readily available recycling options for the habit to be a no-brainer.”
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