More than 70% of all American adults have at least one piece of trash in their home, according to a new survey by the University of California, Berkeley.
And more than half of them are willing to recycle it.
That means it’s worth doing.
The Berkeley researchers surveyed 1,700 households and found that more than 70 percent of those who recycle each day would choose to donate their trash to charity if given the chance.
That was more than twice the percentage who said they would recycle their trash if they didn’t have to, and far more than the percentage of Americans who said that they would donate their garbage if it were thrown away.
“It’s not a question of if we should recycle,” said David DeAngelo, a professor at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and co-author of the study.
“It’s a question about how.”
There’s also a clear public-health message that is worth paying attention to, he said.
“There are more ways to save our environment and reduce waste,” said DeAngelo.
“I think that’s a powerful message to pay attention to.”
If you’re concerned about recycling, you should be.
The University of Wisconsin has a great recycling program that’s open to anyone, but it’s especially geared toward young people, said Deangelo.
That’s why the Berkeley study shows so much potential.
The survey also found that the majority of people said they were willing to donate unused or recycled garbage to charity.
A full 96% said they’d donate it to charity, while only 2% said that the trash should be thrown away, according the survey.
It’s a remarkable figure, considering the fact that about a quarter of Americans say they wouldn’t recycle their garbage, and about 2 in 5 say they’d toss it out.
The question is, should we recycle?
It depends on your own priorities.
If you’re willing to put your trash to good use, DeAngelo suggested, you may want to consider donating it to a charity that would give it to others.
But if you’re not, you probably should consider recycling the trash.