Pollution and Wastes

How much garbage does the average American generate?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, about 250 million tons of municipal waste was generated in 2008. This is equivalent to 4.5 pounds (2.0 kilograms) per person per day, or approximately 1,650 pounds (730 kilograms) per year.


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