Barriers to Being Green: Accessibility


Earth911’s Quick Vote poll asked readers to complete this statement: “The one thing holding me back from being more green is…”

Regardless of where you live, the question of where to recycle comes up at some point. The answer could be a whole gamut of things, including a big fat question mark. Most people don’t know where to recycle all the items they no longer need. This leads to the subject of accessibility.

Accessibility can be a major problem for a lot of people. In fact, out of the 1,070 readers who responded to our poll, 297 readers cited accessibility as the barrier between them and being green. Although some may feel recycling opportunities aren’t as abundant as they may have hoped, a 2007 American Paper and Forest Association Survey showed that “87 percent of the U.S. population, or 268 million people, have access to curbside or drop-off recycling programs.” Based on this, recycling may be more accessible than you once thought.

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