Washington State Increases Recycling Rate to 35 Percent

Date: November 1, 2001

Source: News Room

Washington businesses and residents improved their recycling habits in 2000, raising the statewide recycling rate to 35 percent, up from 32 percent the year before, according to data collected by the state Department of Ecology. In 1989, the Waste Not Washington Act established a 50 percent recycling goal for the state. The highest level achieved so far was 40 percent in 1995. By contrast, the national average is 28 percent. Market improvements for various commodities, such as metals, newspaper and container glass, as well as improved commercial-collection programs have contributed to the rate's rise, according to Ecology officials. More information: www.ecy.wa.gov.

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