Waste Recycling Rates in the U.S. From 1960 to 2011- Line Graph
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The graph below shows waste recycling rates in the U.S. from 1960 to 2011.
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
You should write at least 150 words.
National Recycling Rates, US, 1960 to 2011
Paraphrase: Paraphrase the topic sentence.
Overview: Mention the main features of the line graph and give an overview of the information provided.
Paragraph 1: Elaborate on the total waste recovery in the U.S. from 1960 to 2011.
Paragraph 2: Elaborate on the waste recycling rates in the U.S. from 1960 to 2011.
The line graph depicts the trends in waste recycling rates in the U.S. from 1960 to 2011.
The amount of waste recovered in the United States followed a gradually rising trend from 1960 to 2011. The percentage of waste recycled also increased, but there was a lot of waste left unrecycled.
Initially, the quantity of waste produced was comparatively less, especially from 1960 to 1975, when the total waste recovery was under 10 million tons. The total waste generated started rising and grew drastically after 1985 reaching 86.9 million tons by 2011.
As for the amount of waste recycled, it followed a slowly rising pattern from 6.4% in 1960 to 10.1% in 1985. There was a rise in the percentage of waste recycled from 1990 and this amount increased and reached 34.7% in 2011, which was the highest amount of waste recycled in the given time period, although this percentage of waste recycled is quite low.