Waste - trash and recycling should not be different from one state or even city to the next. We need to flip our idea of waste to a commodity to allow for single stream across the nation (including Alaska where there is no recycling???) where then refuse haulers are provided incentives or tax deductions to trade the materials as commodities for others to use them for innovative products or services.
The problem is that recycling is different in every city, hotel, building etc. you enter across the country with different processes and requirements, that in the absence of knowing how to do it, people simply don't recycle. Think WALL-E.