Let’s talk trash… in fact about 258 million tons worth, because that’s how much is created every year in the United States. Here you will find some interesting facts about waste generation and how you can reduce the amount you send to landfill.
This post was originally written March 2018 and updated with more relevant information Sept. 2020 Let’s talk trash… More specifically, 267.8 million tons worth because, shockingly, that’s about how much waste is created in the United States every year. We’ve all heard about the importance of proper waste disposal. Still, most of us are unaware of where our trash goes, or, more specifically, the negative impacts that arise from disposing of it improperly. Of the estimated 267.8 million tons of waste generated annually, approximately 32.5 percent of this trash is recycled or composted, 12.5 percent is incinerated, and the remaining 55 percent is buried in landfill. Considering the majority of our waste gets disposed in a landfill, we wanted to fill you in on what really happens behind the scenes and explore some of the most common questions you may have, like: Are we running out of landfill space? In this blog post, we get to the bottom of what a landfill actually is, what really happens to our waste in landfill, the impacts of disposing of materials in this way, and the alternative disposal methods that exist as replacements. Continue reading for more information!