18 Nov '11, 9pm

Fact of the Day: Americans generated 250,000,000 tons of trash last year

Fact of the Day: Americans generated 250,000,000 tons of trash last year

Americans generated about 250 million tons of trash last year and recycled or composted 34 percent of that material, according to a new report from the EPA. Photo: Alexis Petru, Earth911. Last year, the average American produced 4.43 pounds of waste per day and recycled and composted 1.51 pounds of that material. That’s according to a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency, which released “Municipal Solid Waste Generation, Recycling and Disposal in the United States: Facts and Figures for 2010 ,” on Nov. 15, in conjunction with America Recycles Day . The report, which comes out every two years, has tracked the U.S.’s waste and recycling trends for the last three decades. In 2010, Americans generated about 250 million tons of trash and recycled and composted nearly 85 million tons of this material, achieving a 34 percent national recy­cling rate. Approximately ...

Full article: http://earth911.com/news/2011/11/18/epa-municipal-solid-w...

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