Americans are recycling less aluminum cans than ever, wasting some 650,000 tons a year as a result of changing market conditions and consumer whims.
Lots of environmentalists and everyday people are wondering why recycling isn’t mandatory already across the United States.
Thanks to an international network of local volunteers, now there’s a cheap and convenient place to dispose of useful junk while promoting re-use: the Internet. Freecycle.org is a website that links people who want to discard household belongings to people in their area who want or need them. The only rules: everything offered must be free, legal and appropriate for all ages—sorry, no bongs or porn.