The Centralized Study on Availability of Recycling started as a report to examine recycling acceptance rates for certain types of packaging. That narrow focus morphed into a comprehensive study regarding the larger issue of recycling accessibility in America.
The report, conducted by The Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC), includes data from 2,000 communities, both big and small, urban and rural.
According to the findings, 94 percent of U.S. residents have access to some sort of recycling program. For 73 percent of people, that is a curbside recycling service that may include drop-off as well.