North Dakota disposal and recycling rates per person
According to a 2009 survey conducted by the North Dakota Department of Health, the average disposal rate per person per day in North Dakota is approximately 5 pounds.
The same survey also states residents/businesses of North Dakota recycle about 4.5 pounds of waste each day, which is a promising figure.
In 2004, the ND recycling rate was around 10%, which is far below the national average (34%). The recycling rate has grown since then due to increased access to curbside recycling services and drop off locations.
Find a recycler near you
There are many recycling facilities in North Dakota able to accept a wide range of recyclables, including e-waste, aluminum, glass, hazardous materials, and more.
The following websites can help you find a recycler near you:
- North Dakota Solid Waste and Recycling Association
Composting at home reduces waste by 25%
About a quarter of the waste landfilled in the U.S. is compostable. This includes waste like yard debris, food waste, and paper products. Composting is great for the environment and can actually save you money in two ways:
- You’re making free 100% organic fertilizer for your garden, flower beds, indoor plantings, or to add to your top soil. You don’t have to buy it at the store.
- Composting can reduce the amount of waste you generate, which may allow you to downsize your waste container needs and save a few bucks on your waste hauling bill.
It’s easy to compost at home, and no, it doesn’t smell like rotting garbage if you do it right. It’s a matter of mixing “brown” materials like twigs, dead leaves and clean paper with “green” materials like coffee grounds/filters, fruit/veggie scraps, nut shells and egg shells (no whole eggs).
Mix in a higher ratio of brown materials to avoid a stinky batch of compost. Mix weekly and keep moist with water. That’s all it takes to start reaping the benefits of compost.
Learn more about composting here and here.
Economic benefits of recycling
We all know recycling is beneficial to the environment, but its economic benefits are not as well known. The recycling industry bring jobs to the community.
According to the EPA, for every 10,000 lbs. of waste disposed of in landfills, there is only 1 job created. On the other hand, the same amount of waste processed at recycling facilities creates 10 recycling-related jobs or 75 material reuse jobs.
In summary, recycling offers:
- New jobs; more money flowing through the state and local economies
- Fewer landfills and illegal dumping sites; less need for virgin materials to manufacture new products