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Frequently Asked Questions About Recycling in the Home

bulletWhat is the solid waste management hierarchy?
bulletIs recycling worthwhile?
bulletWhat costs my community more—recycling or throwing trash away?
bulletIf there is plenty of landfill space, then why should I recycle?
bulletHow does recycling save energy?
bulletWhat effects do waste prevention and recycling have on global warming?
bulletHow does the U.S. municipal solid waste generation rate compare with other countries? What about recycling rates?
bulletWhat materials are most commonly recycled in the United States through collection programs?
bulletWhat product is taking up the most space in landfills in the United States?
bulletWhat materials are not safe to throw in my trash?
bulletHow do I know what materials are recyclable in my community, and where can I take these materials to be recycled?
bulletWhat happens to my recyclables after I put them out at the curbside?
bulletHow can I start a recycling/composting program in my community?
bulletCan you help me find informational materials (posters, pamphlets, etc.) to encourage participation in recycling and other environmental issues in my community?
bulletMy community just started to charge residents based on the amount of garbage they throw away. Why is this necessary? What are the benefits of Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) programs?
bulletWhat are deposit-refund systems?
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