An ongoing problem that not a lot of people think about is the amount of trash being produced and left on our Earth. Many of us leave our trashcans on the side of the curb and see that it is empty the next morning and that is all we care about. Well where does that trash go? Trash is becoming a larger and larger problem for us and the environment. America accounts for more than one third of the waste in the world where most of that trash, even if its recyclable or biodegradable, ends up in landfills or in the ocean. Let's look at some facts about trash:
The U.S. is the #1 trash-producing country in the world.
The average person generates over 4 pounds of trash every day and about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year.
Americans make more than 200 million tons of garbage each year, enough to fill Busch Stadium from top to bottom twice a day. Next time you’re at a sporting event or tailgate, host a trash-free tailgate using only recyclable materials Sign up for Trash-Free Tailgate.
The EPA estimates that 75% of the American waste stream is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30% of it.
We generate 21.5 million tons of food waste each year. If we composted that food, it would reduce the same amount of greenhouse gas as taking 2 million cars off the road.
Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to listen to a full album on your iPod. Recycling 100 cans could light your bedroom for two whole weeks.