Nationwide garbage stats

February 19, 2008

  • It’s estimated that this year 222 million tons of waste will be generated by Americans.
  • Americans’ total yearly waste would fill a convoy of garbage trucks long enough to wrap around the earth six times and reach halfway to the moon.
  • Since 1950, people in the United States have used more resources than any generation who ever lived before them.
  • Each American individual uses up 20 tons of basic raw materials annually.
  • At the consumption level of the average American, at least four additional planets worth of resources would be needed to support the planet’s six billion inhabitants.
  • By comparison, the average North American consumes ten times as much as the average person living in China and thirty times as much as the average person living in India.
  • Why they call it junk mail…the U.S. Postal Service delivers more than 87 billion pieces of direct mail (advertising and promotional mail) every year.


2 Responses to “Nationwide garbage stats”

  1. Martin Taylor Says:

    The statistics reinforce our countries total disregard and insensitivity to the impact we have on the world’s resources. I honestly don’t think it’s arrogance, that we think we are better and ‘deserve’ this level of consumption, but rather ignorance.

    I actually live in a community where thers is no manditory recycling.

    My question is, why isn’t there some type of ‘national’ recycling initiative.

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