Though the federal government does have power to make legislation concerning this, things like waste management tend to fall under municipal governments, so another way of asking this question might be: what are individual cities in the US doing to try and reduce their waste? The city that usually sets precedents for the rest of the country, is San Francisco, where they were the first city to ban use of plastic bags. The city has also funded well-organized recycling and composting programs, and have managed to recycle or compost 77% of its solid waste rather than sending it to landfills. The city’s goal is to send 0% of its solid waste to landfills by 2020. I imagine other cities could do the same if they have citizens and politicians who do sincerely care about this issue.
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