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Here’s Where Your Garbage Ends Up

When you tuck away your garbage in a plastic bag and then put it outside to be collected by someone, you think you’ve done your job. But in reality, you’ve done nothing to help this planet. In fact, with every garbage collection, you’ve just made it worse. On average, an American generates 4.6 pounds of garbage per day. This is twice as much as any other major country. In a year, Americans generate a total of 250,000,000 tons of garbage (EPA).

If you don’t recycle, the majority of the garbage that you put outside ends up in landfills. A landfill is “the disposal of refuse and other waste material by burying it and covering it over with soil”. Yes, we simply tuck it away somewhere underground, and that’s our best solution in the year 2013.

The Scary Numbers

  • 3091 landfills are in United States, according to EPA. This number is always growing as more and more space is needed.
  • 250,000,000 tons of trash thrown away every year in United States alone. That’s a line of trucks full of garbage stretching from earth, half way to the moon.
  • The recycling rate is only 34%
  • The Fresh Kills Landfill in Staten Island, NY is so big that it can be seen from space.
  • It takes 15-1000 years for a plastic bag to decompose.
  • It takes 80-100 years for a aluminum can to decompose.
  • Glass bottles and plastic bottles NEVER decompose.
  • Think of all the other stuff that you throw away.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Hill Landfill

Many animals, especially birds end up ingesting a lot of the trash.

Bird Dead in a Landfill
Dead Bird Killed by Eating Plastic

Mountains of trash are hauled in every day and it never stops.Trucks Dunping in Landfill Landfill Landfill In Progress Mexico City Landfill Municipal Landfill Landfill Garbage Old Chair in Landfill

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We are running out of space for all the garbage.

Landfill Capacity

Here’s what makes up our garbage:

Landfill Contents Percentage

Our country is completely swamped with landfills.

Number of Landfills in USA

Here’s how big the Fresh Kills landfill in New York is.

Fresh Kills Landfill Aerial Photo

Garbage takes much longer to break down than you think. Garbage Decomposing Times How Long To Decompose

If you don’t want your planet looking like this, it’s time for you to step up.

Alaska Dump

Do Something

Did you heart sink after watching the video? It means you’re human. But the garbage will only keep increasing and the earth is not getting any bigger. Here are simple things you can do to help to keep the earth clean:

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    I am currently writing a persuasive speech for a college course on why people should recycle. This page was extremely helpful when doing my research! Thank you!

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