Recycling in Cities

The vast amount of waste created within city limits is a growing concern. Cities such as Naples, Italy, for example, have been facing serious concerns because of overfilling landfills. Recycling in cities is one answer to the problem of urban waste. Recycling is the recovery of discarded material for its reuse in new products. By reusing material destined for disposal, municipal recycling reduces an individual's ecological footprint by saving energy; avoiding the use of virgin resources, such as trees; and creating jobs.

New York City offers recycling as a citywide service and provides recycling bins in public spaces, like this one along the East River

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Curbside recycling is the most common recycling service provided in urban areas. There are a variety of ways to handle curbside ...

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