Common Recycling Mistakes: An Infographic

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When it comes to recycling, reusing, and reducing, you may feel as though you’re contributing to a mountain that is never going to be summited. After all, that little drop in the bucket—does it really matter?Well, of course it matters. The problem is, not enough people are doing what you do and many people (maybe even you) aren’t recycling correctly all the time.

Take, for example, the people who aren’t recycling: The U.S. recycles not even one-quarter of the trash that each of their households generates. And take the latter—the people recycling incorrectly. Glass, for example, doesn’t decompose in a landfill, so tossing it in the trash does no one any good, especially not those with ambitious recycling goals.

However, you shouldn’t despair. You can do better and you can do more, and you can persuade friends and family to follow your example. This graphic offers some good advice to get started.


Salman Zafar is an ecopreneur, consultant, advisor, speaker and journalist with expertise in waste management, waste-to-energy, renewable energy, environment protection, conservation and sustainable development. His geographical areas of focus include Asia, Middle East, Africa and Europe. Salman is the Founder of EcoMENA, a popular voluntary organization based in Qatar. He is also the Founder and CEO of BioEnergy Consult, a reputed consulting firm active in biomass, waste-to-energy and waste management segments.
Salman is a professional environmental writer with more than 350 popular articles to his credit. He is proactively engaged in creating mass environmental awareness in different parts of the world.
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