About 25%. The EPA estimates 75 percent of solid waste is recyclable, but only about 30 percent is actually recycled.
Trash is generated one piece at a time. Shrink film has to be unwrapped from the outside of the box. The shrink film has to be put down before the box can be opened and the packing material pulled out. All of these steps don’t happen at the same time, but; each step generates a piece of waste that has to go somewhere. The secret is to have the right containers in the right spot. It may take two. It may require aim. The shrink film on the left, the cardboard on the right. It doesn’t have to take extra work. It just has to make sense and be easy. The work is already done.
Aluminum cans are made out of bauxite. These days, most of the world's bauxite is mined out of the ground in Australia. It is hard to figure how long it takes to ship the material to the factory that makes the can, and then to the one that fills it with liquid. It takes a lot of digging in the ground and fuel in the tank before a can arrives on the store shelf. If a can goes into the recycle stream instead of the trash, it becomes... another can. Twenty recycled aluminium cans can be made with the energy it takes to manufacture one brand new one.
Most companies realize a cost savings and often revenue generation from what they put in the recycling stream.
Nearly 90% of plastic water bottles are not recycled, instead taking thousands of years to decompose. Buy a reusable container and fill it with tap water, a great choice for the environment, your wallet, and possibly your health. The EPA's standards for tap water are more stringent than the FDA's standards for bottled water.