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Must-See Infographic: Americans Throw Away Enough Trash Per Year To Cover The State Of Texas Twice Over

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Did you know that China accounts for one third of the world’s garbage output? Or that only 1 in 5 plastic bottles is recycled? Or that Americans throw away enough trash each year to cover the state of Texas twice over?

I don’t want to give away all the cool trash factoids I just learned in one sitting. So I encourage you to check out this neat infographic on our ever-growing waste problem:


Life of Garbage
Created by: Business Degree

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7 Responses to Must-See Infographic: Americans Throw Away Enough Trash Per Year To Cover The State Of Texas Twice Over

  1. Peter Anderson says:

    How in the dickens did this graphic depiction of the enormous extent of wasting degenerate into a meretricious puff piece for the titan of trash, Waste Management, Inc., which makes its premium profits by landfilling, not recycling.

    Here is how Wall Street has described the waste oligopoly’s business model: “[R]ecycling has long been the enemy of the solid waste industry, stealing volumes otherwise headed for landfills.” (U.S. Investment Research: Environmental Services Solid-Waste Pricing Debate Intensifies, March 2, 1998, at p. 1. “…[L]ess recycling should lead to accelerating disposal volumes, which in turn should lead to pricing leverage for landfill operators. Primary beneficiaries of such a trend, in our view would be highly vertically integrated waste companies like Waste Management and Allied Waste, which remain our favorites in the group.” Equity Research Briefing Note, January 21, 1999, p. 1

    And today, in the face of declining waste volumes at its landfills, Waste Management is putting its considerable lobbying muscle to repeal critical recycling laws that ban the landfilling of grass and leaves in Florida, Georgia and Michigan — successful laws which are responsible for almost half of America’s efforts to keep recoverable material out of garbage dumps.

    Waste Management is the problem, not the solution.

  2. Joan Savage says:

    Reduce, ReUse, Recycle. In that order..

  3. Sean T says:

    can we arrange to have all our trash deposited in Texas? seems like a win-win.

  4. Econ Democracy says:

    I hope ClimateProgress has checked up to *verify* the graphic is truly correctly based on the sources cited at the bottom of the graphic?

    It’s a strange source, and online website for getting online business degrees.

    Maybe 100% legit and 100% altruistic on their parts.

    But it is certainly unusual

  5. squidboy6 says:

    Louisiana is particularly bad with trash. And many residents just throw stuff out the windows with out any regard to the environment.

    They need deposits on cans and bottles in the worst way. Trash has even blocked waterways and caused or made flooding worse.

    It’ll take a national campaign to make them change. They can clean up after the Mardi Gras parades very efficiently so they can clean up the everyday trash too!

  6. John Caraher says:

    The Texas factoid doesn’t make any sense, because trash takes up volume, not area. It could cover Texas to what depth, assuming what mean density? You could probably claim it covers the whole US if you slice it thinly enough, or fit it all in one county if you compact or pile it high enough.

  7. J4zonian says:

    Latest move in the Blame China Game?

    How much of that trash is created by the manufacturing of goods sent to the US, and how much is the trash we send back to China to be picked through by virtual slaves or tossed in their pile (and stats)?