Recycling: Stalled At Curbside

More and more people are sorting their garbage, but industry often can't handle the volume

From the reaction in the environmental community last week, one would have thought Bill Clinton was about to outlaw offshore oil drilling. In fact, all he wants to change is the way the government buys its stationery, all $20 billion of it. The President plans this week to order federal agencies to purchase only paper with at least 20% of the content made from recycled trash by 1994. He wants the recycled content to be 30% by 1998. Allen Hershkowitz, recycling chief of the Natural Resources Defense Council, hails the move as "the most important decision in recycling history."

Why? First,...

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