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| 1973 || Plastic || || An early recycling center for plastic materials is created in {{w|Conshohocken, Pennsylvania}}.<ref name="paprec.comvv"/> || {{w|United States}}
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| 1974 || {{w|Kerbside recycling}} || Program || {{w|University City, Missouri}} starts offering {{w|curbside recycling}} to its residents.<ref name="A Brief Timeline of the History of Recycling"/> || {{w|United States}}
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| 1974 || {{w|Kerbside recycling}} || Program || The first multi–material [[w:Kerbside collection|curbside recycling]] program is launched in {{w|Canada}}.<ref name="Conservation and Environmentalism: An Encyclopedia"/> || {{w|Canada}}
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| 1977 || || Organization || Zero Waste Systems Inc. (ZWS) is founded in Oakland, California, bringing with its name the term {{w|zero waste}}. || {{w|United States}}
| 1987 || [[w:Scrap|Scrap recycling]] || || {{w|United States}}-based private, non-profit {{w|trade association}} {{w|Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries}} is founded.<ref>{{cite web |title=ISRI Time Capsule: ISRI Is Born |url=https://www.isri.org/news-publications/news-details/2017/01/04/isri-time-capsule-isri-is-born |website=isri.org |accessdate=14 February 2020}}</ref> || {{w|United States}}
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| 1988 || {{w|Kerbside recycling}} || Statistics || The number of [[w:Kerbside collection|curbside]] recycling programs in the United States increases to about 1,050.<ref name="A Brief Timeline of the History of Recycling"/> || {{w|United States}}
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| 1989 || || || The {{w|Center for the Development of Recycling}} is founded at {{w|San Jose State University}}, {{w|California}}. It works on urban water conservation and recycling projects.<ref>{{cite web |title=Center for the Development of Recycling |url=https://www.recyclestuff.org/html/about.html |website=recyclestuff.org |accessdate=14 February 2020}}</ref> || {{w|United States}}
| 1991 || || Organization || The Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd (SATCoL) is established, in order to create jobs and benefit the environment through recycling.<ref name="Exciting Plans Revealed for Salvation Army Shop at Boundless 2015"/> ||
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| 1991 || {{w|Electronic recycling}} || || The first electronic waste recycling system is implemented in {{w|Switzerland}}, beginning with collection of old refrigerators but gradually expanding to cover all devices.<ref>{{Cite web|url=http://www.swicorecycling.ch/en/about-us/|title=About us – Swico Recycling|website=www.swicorecycling.ch|accessdate=2015-07-29}}</ref> || {{w|Switzerland}}
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| 1991–2017 || {{w|Tire recycling}} || || The stockpile of scrap tires shrinks from over a billion to just 60 million in this period. According to the tire industry, tire recycling is a major success story.<ref>{{cite web |title=The Importance of Tire Recycling |url=https://www.thebalancesmb.com/the-importance-of-tire-recycling-2878127 |website=thebalancesmb.com |accessdate=4 February 2020}}</ref> ||
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| 1992 || {{w|Kerbside recycling}} || Policy || The number of curbside programs in the United States reaches four thousand, up from just six hundred in 1989. With the rise of curbside recycling, industries abandon many of their buy–back programs and begin to rely largely on municipal services that require them to pay no extra fees.<ref name="Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism">{{cite book|last1=Elmore|first1=Bartow J.|title=Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism|url=https://books.google.com.ar/books?id=NhJ0AwAAQBAJ&pg=PT240&lpg=PT240&dq=%22curbside+programs%22+%22united+states%22+%22in+1992%22&source=bl&ots=hnq2x__nZa&sig=yu3NI579A2QXfpO2hPcAj3Pk-Ws&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwie0Kv8jNzVAhWKkZAKHZsKB74Q6AEIJjAA#v=onepage&q=%22curbside%20programs%22%20%22united%20states%22%20%22in%201992%22&f=false|accessdate=16 August 2017}}</ref> || {{w|United States}}
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| 1993 || {{w|Plastic recycling}} || || {{w|Brussels}}-based non-profit European trade association {{w|Petcore}} is founded to promote the collection, sorting and {{w|recycling}} of post-consumer [[w:Polyethylene terephthalate|PET]] bottles.<ref>{{cite web |title=Petcore Europe |url=https://www.petcore-europe.org/images/news/pdf/Petcore-Europe_General-presentation_2019.pdf |website=petcore-europe.org |accessdate=15 February 2020}}</ref> || {{w|Belgium}}
| 2003 || || Policy || The {{w|California Electronic Waste Recycling Act}} is signed, establishing a new program for consumers to return, recycle, and ensure the safe and environmentally sound disposal of video display devices, such as televisions and computer monitors, that are hazardous wastes when discarded.<ref name="electronic">Electronic Hazardous Waste. (2010). Retrieved from Department of Toxic Substances Control website: http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/ewaste/</ref> || {{w|United States}}
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| 2003 || {{w|Curbside Kerbside recycling}} || Organization || American independent {{w|501(c)3}} {{w|Curbside Value Partnership}}<ref>{{cite web |title=The Recycling Partnership |url=http://www.cancentral.com/recycling-sustainability/programs-initiatives/the-recycling-partnership |website=cancentral.com |accessdate=14 February 2020}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |title=Curbside Value Partnership changes name |url=https://www.recyclingtoday.com/article/curbside-value-partnership-name-change/ |website=recyclingtoday.com |accessdate=14 February 2020}}</ref> || {{w|United States}}
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| 2003 || || || {{w|The Freecycle Network}} (<code>freecycle.org</code>[https://www.freecycle.org/]) launches as a website in {{w|Tucson}}, {{w|Arizona}}. It coordinates a worldwide network of "gifting" groups to divert reusable goods from landfills. The network would grow into nearly 5,000 community-based Freecycle groups in over 85 countries around the world.<ref>{{cite web |title=The Freecycle Network: Good for the Planet (and Your Wallet) |url=https://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-11-2009/freecycle_network.html |website=aarp.org |accessdate=13 February 2020}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |title=A Decade of Sharing: The Freecycle Network Turns 10 |url=https://earth911.com/business-policy/business/the-freecycle-network-10-years/ |website=earth911.com |accessdate=13 February 2020}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |title=Freecycle |url=https://anjr.com/njwastewise/2012/Freecycle%20booklet.pdf |website=anjr.com |accessdate=13 February 2020}}</ref> || {{w|United States}}
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