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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:

  1. The U.S. is the #1 trash-producing country in the world.
  2. The average person generates over 4 pounds of trash every day and about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year.
  3. 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.
  4. The EPA estimates that 75% of the American waste stream is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30% of it.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Watch a short, 20 minute documentary, Trashed, that explains where trash really ends up: http://documentarystorm.com/trashed/

Here are some tips to help reduce the amount of trash:  
  • Recycle items that are recyclable
  • Buy in bulk
  • Purchase products with the least amount of packaging
  • Bring your own shopping bag
  • Use lunch boxes instead of brown paper bags
  • Pay your bills online (e-bill)
  • Start a small compost outside your home
  • Purchase products packaged with recyclable material
  • Avoid using disposable items
  • Purchase items that are refillable or reusable or returnable
  • Purchase fresh fruits instead of canned
  • Use reusable gift bags instead of wrapping paper
  • Leave the grass clippings on your lawn
  • Use refillable razors
  • Stop unwanted junk mail


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