U.S. to install more recycling bins in new home and office buildings
NEW YORK — The United States is making the move to install recycling bins on the new homes and offices of some of the country’s wealthiest citizens as it tries to make recycling a sustainable source of revenue.
The U.N. agency is moving ahead with plans to install up to 1 million recycled material bins on about 5,000 homes and businesses in California, Florida, Louisiana, Nevada, New York and Texas over the next two years, the agency said Tuesday.
More than 60 million tonnes of recycled material is stored in homes and apartments across the country.
It will be installed in a handful of new developments across the U.K. next year and in some of America’s most affluent communities in 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency said.
As part of the effort, the U to build out an “ecosystem of shared reuse” with local councils and local governments, according to the U’s Office of Sustainable Development.
There are more than 1.3 million buildings in the U and in many countries around the world with recycling capacity.
The U and others want to install bins on homes and office spaces in areas that are “at-risk for mould, bacteria, dust and odours,” the EPA said.
The bins will be placed in a “small and safe space” to allow people to collect and store their materials and for businesses to be able to reuse them.
“This is about creating a new economy, one where people can take a break and take a shower in a place that’s clean, safe and free of waste,” said Kate Grewal, an associate professor of urban planning at Cornell University and a former EPA adviser.
A recycling bin in the office of former President George W. Bush.
Some of the first U. S. residential recycling sites were constructed in the 1950s, said Grewall, who is now the executive director of the nonprofit Center for Sustainable Development at Cornell.
They were designed for people living in homes with an air-conditioning system, but now, with the introduction of more air-con and energy-efficient appliances, they are also good for recycling, she said.
“It’s a really exciting time for the U,” she said, adding that the U could make an even bigger contribution to global sustainability with recycling bins.
But recycling bins are not new.
For decades, people used cardboard boxes and other cardboard products to recycle them, Grewals said.
And recycling materials from other sources can be expensive, so some cities, such as Los Angeles, have banned it.
Even so, many cities have not banned it, so the bins have been installed in some neighborhoods, she added.
In many countries, recycling is done in homes.
People have recycled paper towels, clothing, furniture, appliances and other items.
In the U., recycling has long been done by truck and by public transportation, the EPA reported.
But as cities have been building more homes, they have also built more public transit systems, the report said.
Bins on buildings have been more prevalent in the United States, which has an abundance of space and low land costs.
In a recent report, a U. N. study found that the use of bins in buildings is increasing.