Earth911 Quiz #35: The U.S. Recycling System Evolves

In this quiz, we explore the evolving recycling business in the United States, especially in the wake of China’s waste import ban. Some of the information from this week’s quiz comes from Scrap Magazine, a publication of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries.

Earth911.com Quiz #35: The U.S. Recycling System Evolves

 

The arrival of an issue of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) Scrap Magazine is a source of fun at Earth911 because it delivers a slew of new recycling data. In this quiz we explore the evolving recycling business in the United States, especially in the wake of China’s waste import ban.

 

Every week, Earth911.com challenges you with quizzes that test your sustainability savvy and help you make environmentally friendly choices when you shop, use products, and dispose of unwanted items.

How much less recyclable material did the U.S. send to China in the first half of 2018?

 

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China’s National Sword policy, which aims to reduce environmental degradation in the country as well as to improve the quality of materials accepted for processing by its recycling industry, has disrupted the U.S. recycling system. How much less waste did the United States ship to China in the first half of 2018 compared to the previous year?

How much ocean plastic pollution has been captured by startup company 40cean?

 

40cean, a Boca Raton, Florida, startup launched with a mission to eliminate 16 billion pounds of ocean-bound plastics each year. The company pays fishing vessels and others to collect plastic at sea. How many pounds of ocean plastic has 40cean already captured after 18 months?

In 2015, what percentage of U.S. waste was accounted for by paper and paperboard?

 

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The Environmental Protection Agency released 2015 figures for U.S. waste. The United States generated 262.4 million tons of waste, recycling 67.8 million tons — 25.8 percent. What percentage of the waste we created was paper and paperboard, a widely used packaging material?

What percentage of the U.S. aluminum supply comes from recycled scrap aluminum?

 

Since 1980, the percentage of aluminum made using recovered materials has increased by 59.5 percent. In 2016, what was the total percentage share of U.S.-made aluminum sourced from recycled aluminum?

When recycling aluminum, what contaminants should you remove?

 

Recycling contamination comes from many sources. When contaminants are mixed with aluminum, they can sometimes cause molten aluminum explosions in the recycling facility. People can be seriously hurt. What materials should you be sure to remove before recycling an aluminum can or container?

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Making smart sustainable choices requires practice. Earth911’s weekly sustainability quiz helps you hone your ability to recognize earth-friendly products and services. Through your daily choices — from transportation mode to purchases to waste disposal — you can make a positive difference.

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