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Unsustainable Living: Facts About America’s Garbage

many times a day do you throw something out without even thinking? Probably more than you realize – the average American
discards over four pounds of garbage on a daily basis, totaling over
1,500 pounds each year. To make things worse, many of these materials
don’t need to be thrown away, they can be recycled or even donated.
the facts below to put things into a better perspective.
  • The
    United States accounts for just 5% of the world’s population, but
    40% of the world’s waste.
  • America generates over 14 million tons of food waste annually.
  • Each
    year, the average American throws out over 1,000 pounds of organic
    garbage which can be composted.
  • 45,000
    tons of plastic waste are dumped into the world’s oceans every year.
  • Electronic
    waste accounts for 2% of America’s total garbage, but 70% of its
    toxic waste.
  • Each
    year, people in the USA throw away enough cell phones to contain $60
    million worth of gold and silver.
  • North
    Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour.
  • Each
    year, we throw away enough recyclable paper to build a 12-foot wall
    from Los Angeles to New York City.
these facts will make you think twice about what you are putting into
your garbage. At 1-866-We-Junk-It, we are doing our part to help
Mother Nature by taking all salvageable goods from our job sites and
donating them to local charities. What we can’t donate gets recycled,
and everything else gets disposed of in accordance with landfill
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