What's up with this?
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — It's not a flattering picture: Alabamians produce more than twice as much trash each day than the average American, and they recycle or reuse much less of their garbage than in other parts of the country.
That's the statistical assessment of state environmental officials who are joining others in the recycling movement in praising enactment of a new law designed in part to give more Alabamians access to trash recycling programs.
Currently only 81 of Alabama's 460 municipalities, or 17.6 percent, have some sort of recycling program — either curbside pickup or drop off — and only 8.3 percent of solid waste in Alabama is recycled, according to data from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. Nationally, 32.5 percent of solid waste was recycled in 2006, according to federal Environmental Protection Agency figures. read more here