Even though I despise all the noise our trash trucks make, I love that Los Angeles is a leading city when it comes to recycling its trash. According to the Daily News, the city recycles 65 percent of its trash (9.2 million tons each year, residential and commercial pickup).
That’s a pretty decent number, compared to the national average of 32.7%. New York recycles 55%, Chicago 52%, and Houston has a ghastly low of 17%, according to the article. San Francisco leads the percentage pack, though a smaller city, with a high of 72%.