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Waste Management

pie chart showing the breakdown of different kinds of garbage generated by people each day

Waste disposal is a critical issue for all communities, as there is no easy way to get rid of garbage other than by reducing the amount of waste generated. In the United States, each person generates about 4.4 pounds of waste per day. That's enough garbage to fill a convoy of trash trucks halfway to the moon each year!

This chart gives an average breakdown of what is found in a typical municipal US landfill. The good news is that there are ways you and your family can manage household waste. 

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