The U.S. waste stream could be exhausted in only a decade if all Americans stopped dumping their waste in the trash, according to the waste management group Wastewise.
In a new report, the company found that recycling programs can reduce the U.K. waste explosion by up to a quarter.
“It’s a pretty remarkable amount of waste being diverted out of the economy, but we don’t have enough capacity in the U: it’s just not the case,” said Chris Anderson, the chief sustainability officer at Wastewise, who conducted the analysis with colleagues from the University of Maryland, the University and the University at Buffalo.
Waste is a key metric in waste management.
It measures how much of a given product is being diverted from the economy and reused, and it is considered a crucial part of an economy’s waste management, including the disposal of hazardous materials, which are usually disposed of in a landfill.
Wastes from recycling programs typically are smaller and do not need to be segregated, Anderson said.
The Wastewise report, which focused on the U, U.D. and U.P. regions, found that U.B.C. in the Northwest had the highest recycling rates among the major waste collection regions in the United States, with nearly a third of all the waste collected in the region being recycled, and that UB.
L. and University of British Columbia also had high recycling rates.
Watersheds and other waste management organizations around the country, such as Waste Watch and the Waste Management Association, have been promoting recycling as a means to curb the U-poundage problem and curb waste, as they hope to increase recycling to 50 percent by 2020.
The U.M. and Virginia-Maryland are among the largest recyclers in the nation, according the UB program, which has a $4.5 billion budget.
The UB waste management program is expected to spend $2.2 billion on recycling by 2020, and the UMass-Boston program is spending $1.3 billion.
Anderson said that UMass and other recycling programs have been trying to make recycling as accessible as possible.
The recycling efforts are a major focus of the U’s 2020 sustainability goals, which call for recycling at least 80 percent of waste by 2020 in the largest U.s, the Northeast and the West.
UMass, which recycles about 85 percent of its waste, is the only one of the nation’s top 20 universities that does not recycle.
U.S.-based WasteWatch has been working to increase its recycling rate to 50 to 55 percent by 2025, and is seeking to increase it to 60 percent by 2026, said Susan B. Jones, a senior vice president at WasteWatch.
Jones said that since the start of the recession, the U has been focusing on recycling.
“We have had a lot of momentum toward recycling,” she said.
“We’ve seen the drop in waste, and we are seeing that momentum continue.”
Waste Management, the nation and U-P.
regionAs of mid-September, the WasteShare program had collected a total of about 7.7 billion metric tons of recyclable waste from consumers, with a total value of about $14 billion.
Washable, the nonprofit that operates WasteShare in the Washington, D.C., area, has collected a record amount of recycles, collecting more than 8.4 billion metric pounds of waste since its founding in 2002, Jones said.WASH is a member of the WasteShift, which is one of several U.-P.-based waste management programs that are working to improve recycling rates, including at the University College of London, the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the Netherlands and the National Science Foundation in the District of Columbia.
The group, which began operations in 2012, is now the largest recycling center in the world, with more than 70,000 employees.
The company has been growing its network of recycling facilities, with the first in Virginia, in Prince George’s County, opening last year.
“Our goal is to become the largest waste center in Virginia and Maryland,” said Mike Belsky, director of the waste department at UCL.
The University of Virginia’s campus is also in Prince William County, and UCL has plans to open an additional recycling facility in the fall.