Here’s a quiet success story about recycling. The Missouri Department of Transportation says it has recycled 8.42 billion pounds of materials in the last five years.

Here’s a quiet success story about recycling. The Missouri Department of Transportation says it has recycled 8.42 billion pounds of materials in the last five years.

More than half of that is from construction projects – much of it from highways – and the rest is industrial waste sources such as power plants, mines and steel furnaces. Even old shingles and tires go into the mix. MoDOT insists that these materials be at least as good as those from raw sources.

It’s a winner both ways – fewer raw materials used, fewer old materials going into landfills. We are given all sorts of reasons – many of them suspect – about why recycling is too hard, too expensive, too complicated. Usually it just means rethinking how things are done. It’s good to see MoDOT incorporate this into its regular ways of doing business.