According to Keep America Beautiful, the average American generates 4.4 pounds of trash per day, or 254 million tons per year. That’s a lot of waste, right? Well, the good news is the EPA reports that American communities actually recycled and composted almost 35% of municipal solid waste in 2013. That’s 87 million tons!
Unfortunately, Louisiana’s recycling rate is not consistent with the 35% that our nation achieves as a whole. According to the 2016 Annual Recycling Report, Louisiana currently has a recycling rate of 6.3%.
- This report was compiled from 39 reporting entities*, of which:
- 13 offered curbside recycling collection services
- 29 offered drop-off recycling collection sites
- 14 offered Household Hazardous Waste events
*According to the report, an entity is defined as a city or a parish