California knows how to…recycle



Men’s Health has ranked America’s cities on how well they recyle and three out of the top ten are in California.

Wichita and Las Vegas lead the worst.

Click here for a neat interactive map of the results.

Here’s how the editors explain their methodology:

To determine how well cities reuse their refuse, we started by asking them whether recycling is mandatory. Next we looked at how easy the cities make it for residents to recycle: No need to sort? Wonderful. Curbside pickup? Great. Then we added up the variety of materials that are recycled, giving bonus points to those places that go beyond paper, plastic, and glass. Lastly, we factored in the percentage of households that actually take advantage of the program their city offers, courtesy of SimplyMap.

NYC ranked an unimpressive 17th.


3 Responses to “California knows how to…recycle”

  1. Leila Darabi Says:

    I really wanted to include this song in this post, but in a cursory internet search couldn’t find a link that WordPress would let me stream. Ah, well.

  2. Ruby Re-Usable Says:

    I am shocked that Seattle only came in 16th, and that Portland was even ranked lower than that!

  3. Leila Darabi Says:

    Hmmm, maybe the other cities got loads of extra credit for recycling more kinds of materials?

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