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Kodak Single-Use Cameras: The Epitome of Recycling

Kodak is proud to manufacture one of the most recycled - and most recyclable - products in the world: the Kodak line of single-use cameras.

Since our recycling program for these popular cameras began in 1990, we have recycled over 400 million of them - including more than 100 million last year alone. This equates to more than 70 million pounds of waste diverted from landfills in the past 11 years.

The effort has been the hallmark of the company's overall product stewardship and design-for-the-environment initiatives. And, by almost any benchmark, this recycling achievement is unparalleled.

For example, the recycling rate in the United States for Kodak single-use cameras is 74 percent - ahead of aluminum beverage cans (63%), glass bottles (33%), steel food cans (58%) and even corrugated containers (73%).

Worldwide, the percentage for returning cameras is about 60 percent - and getting better every year.

By weight, between 76 and 90 percent of every Kodak single-use camera model may be re-used or recycled - and the average Kodak single-use camera body is recycled more than three times.

Find out more about Kodak's achievements in recycling.