Fri, 2014-05-02 05:00 News Staff
By Renae Brumbaugh
Did you know that Americans make up approximately 5% of the world’s population, but we generate 30% of the world’s garbage? I confess. I think about 25% of that may come from my son’s room.
According to one study, each year U. S. industry moves, shovels, mines, extracts, wastes, burns, pumps and disposes of about 4 million pounds of garbage, just to provide for one middleclass family in our country. We waste about a million pounds per person annually. This includes 3.5 billion pounds of landfilled carpet, 19 billion pounds of polystyrene peanuts, 28 billion pounds of discarded food, and 3.7 trillion pounds of construction debris.
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