#1. The average person generates
over 4 pounds of trash every day and about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year.
#2. 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.
#3. The EPA estimates
that 75% of the American waste stream is recyclable, but we only recycle about
30% of it.
#4. 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.
#5. 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.
#6. The Container Recycling Institute
(CRI) estimates that the 36 billion aluminum cans landfilled last year had a
scrap value of more than $600 million.
#7. Americans throw away about 28
billion bottles and jars every year.
#8. Over 87% of Americans have access to curbside or drop-off paper recycling programs.
#9. In 2009, Americans threw away almost 9 million tons of
glass. That could fill enough tractor trailers to stretch from NYC to LA (and
#10. In 2010, paper recycling had increased over 89% since 1990.