The trash issue is not overstated
According to EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency), the recycling rate in the United States in 2014 is 34.6%, almost 5 times of the rate 50 years ago. However, this increasing trend has been slowing down since 2010. Also, materials worth around $9 billion are discarded each year. Among all types of MSW discards, food, accounting for 21.1%, is thrown away the most. Second it is plastics, 17.7%, and then paper & paperboard, 15.15%. Professor Thomas Kinnaman from Bucknell University pointed out that U.S. does not create more trash than other countries, but lags behind other leading countries around the globe, such as Austria and Germany. Both countries keep recycling rates above 62%, almost double the rate of the U.S.