A recent study shows the U.S. produces three times more garbage than the global average, yet it only recycles 35 percent of its solid waste, ranking among the worst of developed nations. The country, home to 4 percent of the world’s population, accounts for 12 percent of all waste — while China and India, which together comprise 36 percent of the global population, produce a combined 27 percent.
How can the U.S. improve? It needs political will: Since China and its neighbors banned U.S. waste imports, experts say America has failed to build the infrastructure to facilitate a culture of recycling.
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