We create WAY TOO
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American* produces
about 4.4 pounds of garbage a day, or a total of 29 pounds (13 kg) per week and 1,600
pounds (726 kg) a year.
With the garbage produced in America alone, you could:
• Form a line of filled‐up garbage trucks and reach the moon
• Or cover the state of Texas two and a half times
• Or bury more than 990,000 football fields under six‐foot high (1.8 meter high) piles
• According to WM Recycle America, LLC, Americans alone throw away enough
aluminum to duplicate the full commercial air fleet of the US.
(*In Mexico, the average household produces 30 percent more garbage than in America)
Most of the stuff that fills the landfills is packaging, especially in the form of fast‐food
containers ‐ but office paper, disposable diapers, Styrofoam inserts, and plain plastic bags
also contribute an important percentage to the total waste production of the country.
the air and
adds to global
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In landfills, grass won’t grow anymore and dangerous
chemicals go can go into the ground
EVERYDAY things cause many problems for our planet
Leather shoes take 40 years to decompose
Plastic bags take
1,000 years to
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Plastic bottles NEVER, EVER decompose
Reducing Global Warming
by Recycling ...
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