I was pleased to see, in the January issue of Redbook magazine, a list of eye-opening statistics about our trash, as a nation.
Their information includes:
- 4.4: In pounds, the average amount of waste generated per person per day in the United States as of 2001 (in 1960 we generated 2.7 pounds per person per day).
- 50%: Percentage of the world’s garbage produced by the United States (we have 6 percent of the world’s population).
- 500,000: Number of trees that could be saved each week if everyone recycled their Sunday newspapers.
- 50%: Percentage of all U.S. paper that’s now recycled, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
I’m not sure about some of those numbers — does the last one mean we purchase 50% recycled paper, or we recycle 50% of the paper we use? — but it is fantastic to see a huge magazine (that I’ll recycle, after hopefully giving it to someone else to read first) talking trash.