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Saturday, April 23, 2016
Clean up you act!
The average American produces more than four pounds of garbage per day.
The U.S. wastes more than 20 pounds of food per person every month.
Americans throw away enough paper and plastic cups, forks, and spoons to circle the equator 300 times.
In 2012, the U.S. produced 32 million tons of plastic. Only 9% was recovered for recycling.
It takes about 450 years for plastic bottles to break down in a landfill.
It takes 1 million years for a glass bottle to break down in a landfill.
Glass from new materials requires 30% more energy than using used glass.
Preventing one ton of paper waste saves between 16 mature trees.
The average American uses about 100 gallons of water per day.
There are 5 trillion pieces of floating plastic in the world's oceans.
Sources: Environmental Protection Agency, Associated Press, Clean Air Council, Recycle Across America, World Food Day, The Water Information Program, PLOS
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