Waste in the U.S.

The massive production of waste is a world wide problem, but the United States in particular has above average waste productions.  Below are some fast & interesting facts as to try understand the velocity of this issue:

  • Each person in the United States produces on average 4.3 pounds of waste per day
  • The United States makes up 5% of the world population, but produces 30-40% of the world's waste
  • Paper and packaging materials are the number one waste products produced from households; close behind is food and yard wastes
  • Americans only recycle about 30% of the material considered trash, while about 75% of our waste is recyclable
  • The costs of trash: recycling one ton-$30, one ton in a landfill-$50, incineration of one ton-$70