Clean up the Earth

Kye Harvey

This is trash out of the trash can.


  • Every day the United States generates 200 million tons of trash, or 4.3 pounds per person
  • Greenhouse gases are generated by waste decomposing in landfills and typically contributes around 10% of a typical household’s total emissions
  • The typical household throws out 10-15% of the food it purchases
  • The plastic bags from the supermarket take 1000 years to decompose. At least four billion plastic bags a year end up as litter in the US out of the 100 billion used. Moraga estimates that their annual plastic bag consumption is at 4 million per year. (contributed by member)
  • Americans use 50 million tons of paper annually – consuming more than 850 million trees.
  • Every ton of recycled office paper saves 380 gallons of oil.
  • Energy saved from one recycled aluminum can will operate a TV set for three hours, and is the equivalent to half a can of gasoline.
  • If just 25% of American families used 10 fewer plastic bags a month, it would save over 2.5 billion bags a year.
  • About 1% of US landfill space is full of disposable diapers, which take 500 years to decompose
  • Americans produce enough styrofoam cups every year to circle the earth 436 times. These cups are completely non-biodegradable, deplete the Earth’s ozone layer, waste enormous amounts of landfill, and are deadly to marine life. Ceramic mugs cost a few dollars.

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