Waste Facts

Did you know

  • 1/3rd of what you buy ends up in the garbage
  • Only about 1/10th of all solid garbage gets recycled
  • An average person creates 4.39 pounds of trash per day and up to 56 tons of trash per year
  • The U.S. throws away enough trash to fill 63,000 garbage trucks
  • The state of Texas could be shrink-wrapped with the amount of plastic film that Americans throw out
  • Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour

Recycling Works 

  • 1,500 aluminum cans are recycled every second in the U.S. and thereby reducing the energy used to make a can from ore further producing less water and air pollution
  • Paper recycling increased annually by the average American from approximately 301lbs in 1995 to 329lbs in 1996
  • Recycling one ton of cardboard saves over 9 cubic yards of landfill space
  • 60% of the world�s lead supply comes from recycled batteries
  • Producing recycled white paper creates 74% less air pollutants, 35% less water pollutants and 75% less processing energy than producing paper from virgin fibers.


Disclaimer:  Only reputable sources were used to compile the above list but USA Environmental Resource Mgt.Svcs., Inc. cannot verify the accuracy of the above statements.