The recycling rate of Colorado doesn’t move on 15.3%. This is actually lesser in half of the 32% national average. In fact, the state of Colorado falls at the 20th most wasteful place. Last year, people in Colorado buried their garbages with an estimated amount of around 5.9 million tons. This is comparable to the weight of almost 142 airliners. And, to think, that’s is only just for one year-round.
In an average, Coloradan generally composts about one pound of garbage daily.
The Real Problem Behind the Dingy Environment in Colorado
The environmental problem in Colorado is generally rooted in the following factors:
Lack of funding
Residents, businesses, and the majority of the municipalities in Colorado cited that lack of funding is a major barrier here. This actually results in recycling and composting programs that are inconvenient and inconsistent. There are still some places here where the use of non-recyclable single-use plastics is still prolific.
Lack of time processing the recycling mandatory
Although state legislature democrats already get the message of the dingy environment of the state, this just become a political nightmare. This problem is highly due to the short time of establishing a recycling policy. However, here are some of the remedies enclosed in this week’s report:
- Create development centers to gather recycling business into the state
- Invest funds to support the process of recycling and composting
- Establish a plan repurposing organic waste
- Reduce the use of non-recyclable plastics