Protecting the biodiversity of our planet will require us to make some big changes in the way we live in America. Every product we use – then discard – impacts the health of our planet and availability of our natural resources. This in turn affects every plant, animal and insect species that depend on these natural resources for survival. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in 2012 (the most recent year data was published) Americans generated about 251 million tons of trash, or 4.38 pounds per person, per day. But only 87 million tons was recycled or composted, the equivalent of a 34.5% recycling rate. In a wealthy country like the United States where recycling programs are readily available for the majority of the population (and in many places mandatory), why is this number so low? For more, read the full blog at huffingtonpost.com
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