Luke Dowling writes for The Frying Pan

Transforming Trash Into Good Jobs and a Clean Environment

 released Transforming Trash in Urban America, a report that underscores the urgent need to reform the way America’s largest cities deal with their trash.

The report reviewed the waste management infrastructure of the top 37 metropolitan areas in the United States and found that environmentally unsound waste disposal processes create strain on local budgets, degrade a city’s quality of life and seriously accelerate climate change. Nearly half of the cities involved have recycling rates in the teens or lower— significantly below the national average of 34 percent.