• Recycling has been a common practice throughout human
history and will always be one of the main issues we will face as long
as our plant earth is here.
• According to many sources, recycling first began in 10,000 B.C, where
waste became an issue for the public and it increased as settlements
were being created.
• Over the course of many years, waste increased and so did the population.
Many people around the world sought out this issue and wanted to establish
voluntary bases, which eventually would lead up to the uprising of
recycling. Here are some featured events that enhanced recycling over the course
• In 1914, there were 300 incinerators in the U.S.
• The first investment to be recycled was paper. It began in Britain which
occurred in 1921. The reason for establishing this investment was because
they wanted to encourage people to recycle paper and be more helpful
with disposing their waste products. Since then, world-changing incidents
caused by world wars as well as many organizations, programs, etc.
supported and encouraged recycling.
• In 1965, The Federal government comes to terms that waste has become
a major issue and enacts the Solid Waste Disposal Act. This calls for
the nation to find better ways of dealing with garbage.
• In 1968, The United States aluminum industry begins recycling discarded
aluminum products, from beverage cans to window blinds.
• On April, 22, 1970, the very first Earth Day introduces the conceptions
and ideas of recycling to the public.
• In 1970, The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is established.
In the 1970’s, the next asset that occurred was the rising of energy
costs. As years go by, waste increases. Many organizations fought against
this uprising. It seems as if, the more waste produced and poorly disposing
increased, the more activists volunteered.
• In 1976, The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
is passed, which requires all dumps to be replaced with "sanitary
landfills." The enforcement of this act increases recycling and
the cost of landfill disposal.
• In 1980, The Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation
and Liability Act (Superfund) was approved.
In 1984, Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments approved.
In 1988, Ocean Dumping Ban passed. The Plastic Bottle Institute develops
a material identification code system for plastic bottle manufacturers
In 1991, the federal recycling order is signed.
In 1992, U.N. Earth Summit promotes sustainable development.
• In 1993, Municipal Solid Waste criterion landfill becomes
effective for most landfill wastes in the U.S.