Helpful Resources on Recycling

Websites and pages

EPA “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” page

EPA “How Do I Recycle?: Common Recyclables” page

Earth911 “Recycling Guide: Have something to recycle? Find out how and where!”

Recycle Nation “Search. Find. Recycle.”

Articles & Interviews

“CRI’s ‘Duty to Warn’ Webinar Debunks Recycling Myths,” Waste360 (2019)

“US Cities are Killing or Scaling back Their Recycling Programs,” Vox (2019)

“Examining Key Issues Facing Recycling, Materials Management Industries” Waste 360 (2019)

How not to be (completely) depressed about climate change,” Yes Magazine (2019)

“How Many Times Can Something Be Recycled?” SF Gate

“Study compares glass, aluminum and plastic,” thedrinksreport


Web Journals & Periodicals

Waste Dive

Resource Recycling

Waste 360


Recycling Reconsidered: The Present Failure and Future Promise of Environmental Action in the United States, by Samantha MacBride (MIT Press)
ISBN: 9780262016001
New York Public Library members access free online version here (click “UPCC Books 2012 Complete Supplement II” and enter log-in info)

Reports, Studies, & other Documents

“Beyond Waste: A Sustainable Materials Management Strategy for New York State,” New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation Document:

DEC Guide to Recycling Plastics – What the numbers mean
Printable PDF:

Solid Waste Management Act of 1988
Text: SolidWasteManagementActof1988

Waste Management: Best Practices & Lessons for Long Island, Sustainable Long Island/The Jaggar Foundation
Document: Sustainable long island.Jaggar-Interim-Recycling-Research

Nationwide Diversion Rate Study: Quantitative Effects of Program Choices on Recycling and Green Waste Diversion: Beyond Case Studies, Lisa A. Skumatz
Report: Nationwide Diversion Rate Study – how effective are various recycling programs (1996)

“Municipal Solid Waste Generation, Recycling and Disposal in the United States: Facts and Figures for 2012,” US EPA
Report: 2012 MSW Generation, Recycling and Disposal in the US

Demystifying MSW Recycling Rates. William P. Moore & Peter L. Engel, (June 2016)

How Do We Measure Them? Lessons from Long Island on Computing Recycling Rates, (Journal of Urban Technology, December 2009), David J. Tonjes and R. Lawrence Swanson

Suffolk County Solid Waste Management Report and Recommendations, Suffolk County Regional Solid Waste Management Commission (2009)