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Recycling around the World

Recycling anything and everything that can be is crucial, regardless of where in the world you live. The “reduce, reuse, recycle” mentality has been embraced in some areas of the globe more than others. Several countries have set themselves apart as the recycling hubs of the world. Take a look at what they are doing to keep recycled materials going, helping them to save money as well as the environment. You might be surprised by what countries rank where!


The United States

 recycling paper

Although it may come as a shock to some, the United States is one of the top countries that recycle in the world. All around  we come in at number seven, while in strictly paper our rank jumps to number five. For every 1,000 people, over 144 tons of paper are recycled. Each ton is equivalent to 165 gallons of gasoline. About 31.5 percent of waste in the United States is recycled. This, along with metal and other materials recycled, brings the U.S. well above many countries, but nowhere near the top in the world.


Austria and Germany

These two countries are close in the second and third position, with Austria at 49.7 percent of waste recycled and Germany at 48 percent. The European Union has set forth different standards, trying to raise the amount of materials recycled throughout Europe. Their hope is to have 50 percent of all waste coming from residential areas recycled by 2020. Austria and Germany are two of the closest to reaching this goal.

There have been many changes and campaigns put forth in these two countries to make recycling more of a lifestyle. Despite all their efforts, there is still one country that surpasses them.



 metal recycling

Almost doubling what the United States does, Switzerland is the country that recycles the most throughout the world. They recycle 52 percent of all their waste. Along with this they are the top recycler of paper. There are many household items that are recycled in Switzerland, including tin cans, old batteries, light bulbs, textiles, and much more. Disposing of recyclable material costs nothing. With the help of recycling booths throughout the country, more people are able to contribute, saving their country energy and money.

Take part in the effort to recycle in your neighborhood. At United Iron and Metal we can help you recycle your metal, and give you the cash to show for it. This will not only help you make a little extra money, but will also help  the Baltimore area continue to focus on recycling, while saving a significant amount of energy.