Metals

Metal recycling is as old as metalworking. Coins and jewelry made of gold and silver were melted down in ancient times to make new coins with images of the latest

Paper generated and recovered, 1960-2003

Generation -m- Recovery

Generation -m- Recovery

source: "Figure 3. Paper Generation and Recovery, 1960 to 2003," in Municipal Solid Waste Generation, Recycling, and Disposal in the United States: 2003 Data Tables, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, Washington, DC, April 2005, http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/muncpl/pubs/ 03data.pdf (accessed August 4, 2005)

source: "Figure 3. Paper Generation and Recovery, 1960 to 2003," in Municipal Solid Waste Generation, Recycling, and Disposal in the United States: 2003 Data Tables, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, Washington, DC, April 2005, http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/muncpl/pubs/ 03data.pdf (accessed August 4, 2005)

FIGURE 7.3

Glass generated and recovered, 1960-2003

-♦- Generation Recovery

-♦- Generation Recovery

Recycling Waste United States 1960 2003

source: "Figure 5. Glass Generation and Recovery, 1960 to 2003," in Municipal Solid Waste Generation, Recycling, and Disposal in the United States: 2003 Data Tables, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, Washington, DC, April 2005, http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/muncpl/pubs/ 03data.pdf (accessed August 4, 2005)

source: "Figure 5. Glass Generation and Recovery, 1960 to 2003," in Municipal Solid Waste Generation, Recycling, and Disposal in the United States: 2003 Data Tables, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, Washington, DC, April 2005, http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/muncpl/pubs/ 03data.pdf (accessed August 4, 2005)

ruler. Metal objects were generally considered valuable and were frequently sold or given away, rarely simply discarded. When metal objects could not be repaired, they could be melted down and fashioned into something else. This practice continues in modern society. In

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