Waste Diversion and Recycling
A recent report on “Growing the Recycling Economy in the U.S.” examines the potential for reducing pollution and environmental degradation at the same time that we generate millions of jobs within our troubled economy. Part of the plan involves making a commitment to divert 75% of municipal solid waste (MSW) and construction and demolition debris (C&D) by 2030. Given the fact that despite our exemplary recycling efforts in the Tucson Metro area, we only diverted 30.3% of MSW in FY 2006-07, we have a serious challenge before us. The fact that Tucson Recycles was responsible for less than 10% of the total diverted through its “Blue Barrel” and other recycling efforts, suggests that reaching this goal will require greater collaboration between programs and sources of waste.