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Colorado Springs does not track recycling rates

Liam Everett, 5, helps his mother Sarah unload their recycling at Recycle America Wednesday afternoon, April 16, 2008. They make a recycling run a couple of times a month.

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Liam Everett, 5, helps his mother Sarah unload their recycling at Recycle America Wednesday afternoon, April 16, 2008. They make a recycling run a couple of times a month.

Colorado’s recycling rates lag far behind the national average and even further behind states with a progressive environmental agenda, a report shows.

Only 12 percent of waste produced in the state is recycled, compared with the national average of 34 percent, says the report by Eco-Cycle and the Colorado Public Interest Research Group.

Colorado Springs does not track recycling rates, but researchers estimated that El Paso and Teller counties had some of the worst rates at 12 percent. Denver did not fare much better at 20 percent, compared with Loveland and Boulder, which lead the state at 61 percent and 53 percent, respectively.

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