Philadelphia scores a B+ on recycling

    In its examination of five American cities, CBS Philly graded the City of Brotherly Love a B+.

    CBS used the 2010 national recycling average of 34.1 percent as a baseline, as determined by the Environmental Protection Agency, to compare us with San Francisco, Portland, San Antonio and Providence.

    Philadelphia, with its recycling rate of 37 percent, is respectably above-average.

    See how the other cities stacked up.

    Americans still produce a lot of trash, as examined in this morning’s Radio Times rebroadcast. Each of us produces around 7.1 pounds of garbage a day — more than 100 tons in a lifetime. Listen to Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Edward Humes talk about his book, Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash, examining all this waste.

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