When people repeat the mantra “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” why is recycling listed last?
The green version of the “three R’s” formula is actually a hierarchy of environmental priority, so widely accepted by experts that it has been codified into legislation. Assembly Bill 939, passed in 1989, was California’s first state legislation specifically placing “reduce” and “reuse” above recycle.
Subsequent legislation has established new goals and mandates for recovering resources by diverting discards a...
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