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A few of Beth's posts on reducing waste and better recycling


waste not, save more

On average, each person in the U.S. throws away five pounds of solid waste each day. While many eco–conscious citizens do their due diligence to recycle, compost, and reduce waste, others remain apathetic about preserving the environment. Wherever you might land on the eco-friendly scale, innovative “Pay As You Throw” (PAYT) programs are incentivizing people nationwide to increase (or start) recycling and composting through a usage-pricing model.


why we need to be smarter about recycling

The past few months, you may have seen headlines proclaiming the death of recycling. Reports of stalled overseas markets and recyclables piling up at facilities destined for nowhere have sparked a frenzy of fear that the beloved practice is in decline.

While there is substantial turmoil and frustrating challenges due to recent changes, this is not the end of recycling. Instead, this could be the beginning of a fuller, more sustainable system that can unlock environmental and economic benefits we have yet to fully reach. But only if we take action now.


Getting curious with Jonathan Van ness

Beth Porter is Green America’s Climate & Recycling Director, as well as the author of Reduce, Reuse, Reimagine: Sorting Out the Recycling System who joins Jonathan to talk all things recycling; what is is, how it works, if plastic straws are as dangerous we’ve been told, how oil prices effect recycled plastic demands, and more…

“think” on KERA, North texas public radio

The United States recycles about 34 percent of its waste – a number that hasn’t increased much in decades. Beth Porter joins host Krys Boyd to talk about recycling strategies for both individuals and municipalities…

Earth 911’s Sustainability In Your Ear Podcast

Beth Porter, climate and recycling director at Green America, has studied the recycling system carefully. In her new book, Porter challenges established thinking and recounts the history of the single-stream recycling system introduced decades ago in the United States…