While overall aluminum recycling in the US is relatively high at 66.7 percent, aluminum beverage and food containers still end up in the trash in numbers far too great. An estimated $812 million worth of aluminum cans in just one year!
Someone ends up picking up those bottles filled with urine and tons of other needless street trash, and it costs taxpayers plenty.
Today’s Guest Blog is by Dr. Sally Brown, Research Associate Professor (Soil Amendments, In situ Remediation, and Carbon Sequestration) at the School of Forest Resources, University of Washington. It was first published in the December 2015-January 2016 Northwest Biosolids eBulletin .
Buying “green” products continues to be a growing practice in the U.S. and in other developed countries. Whether we’re at work or home, we have a choice to buy products that have less impact on our health and the environment. Since the New Year brings a time of reflection, I thought it would be interesting to look at the origins of green purchasing by government and how purchasers incorporate green purchasing into their procurement programs.