Happy Earth Day! Here Are Five New Stats on Our Recycling Habits

A new survey for Earth Day found 62% of us are worried we’re not recycling right, because we don’t know what can and can’t be recycled.  Here are two of the most common things we get wrong . . .

68% of us think used plastic utensils can be recycled.  And technically, they can.  But it costs too much.  So most recycling plants won’t do it.

And 53% of us think greasy pizza boxes should go in the recycling bin.  But they can’t be recycled either.  Here are five more recycling stats for Earth Day . . .

1.  82% of Americans want to be more environmentally friendly.  But only 31% of people said they always recycle.

2.  The average American throws out five things a week that could be recycled instead.

3.  Three in ten Americans are now using reusable water bottles instead of plastic.  And 29% of us try to avoid straws too.

4.  83% of us would be willing to pay extra for products if they were more environmentally friendly.

5.  Our top five excuses for not recycling are:  “It’s not convenient enough” . . . “I don’t have space for the extra bin” . . . “I don’t have time to separate my recycling” . . . “I don’t have enough information about how to do it” . . . and, “I’m too lazy.”