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Study Claims Most Americans Would Compost – if it’s Easy and CheapStudy Claims Most Americans Would Compost – if it’s Easy and Cheap

Allan Gerlat

January 8, 2014

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Study Claims Most Americans Would Compost – if it’s Easy and Cheap

Most Americans would be willing to compost in their homes if it was more convenient, but they don’t want to pay extra for it, according to a new survey.

The study reports that 72 percent of Americans don’t compost at home, but 67 would be willing to do so if it was easier.

The report was commissioned by the Washington-based National Waste & Recycling Association and conducted online by Rochester, N.Y.-based Harris Interactive. About 2,000 adults responded to the survey.

Conversely, 62 percent of those reporting said they wouldn’t support an increase in their waste and recycling service costs, either from a separate fee or a tax to support an increase in taxes, if separate food and yard waste collection and processing were necessary.

“While America’s waste and recycling industry has developed innovative composting technologies, there are hurdles inhibiting such changes,” said Sharon Kneiss, president and CEO of the association. “Challenges include the collection and transportation of food waste and the siting of food waste composting facilities more broadly. But a far greater hurdle inhibiting an organics revolution may involve a lack of understanding by the American public about the value of such a change.”

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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