Which Countries Are Best at Recycling?
According to the infographics, the U.S. is actually seventh in the listing of countries with the highest recycling rates. Recycling and going green isn't anything to be lax about, as a ton of recycled paper can save, in its equivalence, an average of 165 gallons of gasoline.
Countries That Have The Highest Rates of Recycling
Leading the list with a whopping 52 percent of its waste being recycled is Switzerland. This is nearly double what the United States has.
Number two on the list is Austria with 49.7 percent. This is a close match for number three-ranked Germany with 48 percent and number four-ranked Netherlands with 46 percent. Norway is ranked number five with 40 percent while Sweden comes in at number six with 34 percent.
States With the Best Rankings in the US
There are some states that have cornered the market with recycling efforts.
These states are the Top 10 in rank for having the highest amount of waste recycled.
These are in order from best to worst >>>
- Fresno, California
- Fremont, California
- San Antonio, Texas
- Burlington, Vermont
- Anaheim, California
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Jacksonville, Florida
- San Diego, California
- Madison, Wisconsin
- Durham, North Carolina
As you can see four of the Top 10 cities in the U.S. are in California, a state where there is much more effort to maintaining a greener environment than in other areas. Add in the fact that California has some very strict emissions guidelines all in efforts of lowering the carbon footprint of the state.
States With the Worst Rankings in the US
Some might say these states all need to take a remedial course in recycling efforts. They are the worst of the 50.
These states are listed as the bottom of the worst to the least of the worst >>>
- Wichita, Kansas
- Las Vegas, Nevada
- Colorado Springs, Colorado
- Billings, Montana
- Lubbock, Texas
- St. Petersburg, Florida
- Detroit, Michigan
- Lincoln, Nebraska
- Aurora, Colorado
- Louisville, Kentucky
As you can see, Colorado has two of the worst cities in the bottom 10 that were ranked. Wichita ranks at the very bottom of the list. Florida is surprising, in that it has a listing in the best cities and the worst cities.
There are many things that the US can do to increase the recycling rate.
Places like California are making recycling mandatory in many locations, in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint on an area that sees a great number of population.
If more states implemented this plan, perhaps the United States could rise higher in the rankings.
As a business owner and/or consumer, what are you doing to improve the recycling effort in your community?
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Tina Samuels writes on social media, small business, environmental issues, and Steve Wynn.
Major move forward for UK’s nascent marine energy sector
Although the industry is small and the technologies are limited, marine-based energy systems look to be taking off as “the world’s most powerful tidal turbine” begins grid-connected power generation at the European Marine Energy Centre.
At around 74 metres long, the turbine single-handedly holds the potential to supply the annual electricity demand to approximately 2,000 homes within the UK and offset 2,200 tonnes of CO2 per year.
Orbital Marine Power, a privately held Scottish-based company, announced the turbine is set to operate for around 15 years in the waters surrounding Orkney, Scotland, where the 2-megawatt O2 turbine weighing around 680 metric tons will be linked to a local on-land electricity network via a subsea cable.
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Described as a “major milestone for O2” by CEO of Orbital Marine Power Andrew Scott, the turbine will also supply additional power to generate ‘green hydrogen’ through the use of a land-based electrolyser in the hopes it will demonstrate the “decarbonisation of wider energy requirements.”
“Our vision is that this project is the trigger to the harnessing of tidal stream resources around the world to play a role in tackling climate change whilst creating a new, low-carbon industrial sector,” says Scott in a statement.
The Scottish Government has awarded £3.4 million through the Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund to support the project’s construction, while public lenders also contributed to the financial requirements of the tidal turbine through the ethical investment platform Abundance Investment.
“The deployment of Orbital Marine Power’s O2, the world’s most powerful tidal turbine, is a proud moment for Scotland and a significant milestone in our journey to net zero,” says Michael Matheson, the Cabinet Secretary for Net-Zero, Energy and Transport for the Scottish Government.
“With our abundant natural resources, expertise and ambition, Scotland is ideally placed to harness the enormous global market for marine energy whilst helping deliver a net-zero economy.
“That’s why the Scottish Government has consistently supported the marine energy sector for over 10 years.”
However, Orbital Marine CEO Scott believes there’s potential to commercialise the technology being used in the project with the prospect of working towards more efficient and advanced marine energy projects in the future.
“We believe pioneering our vision in the UK can deliver on a broad spectrum of political initiatives across net-zero, levelling up and building back better at the same time as demonstrating global leadership in the area of low carbon innovation that is essential to creating a more sustainable future for the generations to come.”
The UK’s growing marine energy endeavours
This latest tidal turbine project isn’t a first for marine energy in the UK. The Port of London Authority permitted the River Thames to become a temporary home for trials into tidal energy technology and, more recently, a research project spanning the course of a year is set to focus on the potential tidal, wave, and floating wind technology holds for the future efficiency of renewable energy. The research is due to take place off of the Southwest coast of England on the Isles of Scilly