According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Americans produce about 4.4 pounds of garbage daily. That’s around 1,600 pounds a year!
Americans represent 5 percent of the world’s population, but generate 30 percent of its garbage. Less than 2 percent of the waste stream in the U.S. gets recycled. Yet a large percentage of what’s landfilled is recyclable.
According to a report from the University of Utah’s School of Architecture, Americans waste billions of pounds of materials per year. To learn more details about the huge amount and types of things we waste and what each of us can do to reduce this, check out the full article.