This info graphic aims at bringing to light some of the interesting facts about garbage, trash production in North America and why it is necessary to dispose it off properly to get various benefits. 50% of world’s garbage is produced by North America alone and an average North American produces 250 kg of paper waste every year.
70,000 garbage trucks can be filled each day with the garbage produced by North Americans. Lined up bumper to bumper, over a year, they would stretch halfway to the moon and nearly 1 Million plastic bags are being used every minute.
If paper waste is recycled, then each person would save about 4.6 average-sized trees and recycling one ton of paper saves between 15-17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water in North America. Every ton of mixed paper recycled saves the energy equivalent of 165 gallons of gasoline. It costs $30 per ton on an average to recycle trash, $50 for landfilling and $65 to $70 to incinerate it.
Manufacturing new products by using discarded material is called “recycling.” Recycling can benefit environment, health, finance, development and moreover, the accumulation of garbage can be a real eye sore. Hence, dispose the garbage and keep the environment clean.