- Regional estimates for carbon emissions estimated in millions of
tons in 1983 include: US and Canada - 1,245; Western Europe - 753;
USSR and Eastern Europe - 1,279; developing nations of Asia, Latin
America and Africa - 738; China and Central Asia - 482; and Central
Japan and Australia - 287.
- Each year, Americans throw away 18 billion disposable diapers, enough
to construct a trail stretching from the Earth to the Moon 240,000
miles away and back again seven times. Use cloth diapers. Disposable
diapers are not biodegradable.
- Consumers and industry in the US throw away enough aluminum to rebuild
our entire commercial air fleet every three months.
- Americans go through 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour: One
for every resident of the state of Iowa.
- In the US, we throw away enough iron and steel every day to supply
all the nation's automakers daily.
- Every year, Americans throw away enough wood and paper to heat 5
million homes for 200 years.
- More than 60% of the waste collected on beaches is plastic.
- The average American throws out about 6 lbs. of tin cans every month.
- The average American throws out 2 lbs. of plastic containers every
- New York City workers discard an estimated 600-700 tons of paper
- Paper makes up about 41% of our trash.
- Packaging makes up a third of our trash.
- Half of the paper America consumes is used to wrap and decorate
- States with bottle deposit laws have 35-40% less litter by volume.
- The US exports more waste paper than any other country.
- The city of Philadelphia ships its waste as far away as Ohio.
- The Mobro garbage barge from Islip, NY, was turned away from 11
states and 5 countries.
- Employees of financial businesses generate about 2 lbs. of paper
a day -- per person.
- There are 40 facilities in the US which recover landfill gas.
- Six billion pens are thrown away every year in the US.
- Metals make up 9% of all municipal solid waste (by weight).
- The largest component of trash in landfills is newspaper (14% by
- In 1989, America used about 14 million tons of newsprint.
- It takes half a barrel of crude oil to produce the rubber in just
- Americans throw away around 10% of the food they buy at the supermarket.
- Between 1960 & 1984, the number of soda containers in America's
- Glass makes up 8% of trash thrown out by US households.
- Every day, Americans spend $250,000 getting rid of old tires.
- Connecticut burns the most garbage. (67%)
- The state of Texas has the most landfills in the US.
- Americans buy two billion disposable razors and razor blades every
- 5, an estimated 10,000 hogs roamed New York City, eating garbage.
- If the Pilgrims had 6-packs, we'd still have the plastic rings from
- The average baby generates a ton of garbage every year.
- Three million cars are abandoned every year in the US.
- Trash disposal costs the US over $10 billion a year.
- The US contributes 29% of the world's CFCs.
- $1 out of every $11 Americans spend for food goes for packaging.
- An estimated 2 to 3 billion tires are currently stockpiled in the
- More than a million tons of plate glass, mirrors, test tubes, and
light bulbs are thrown away every year.
- Americans throw away the equivalent of more than 30 million trees
in newsprint every year.
- Americans discard 4 million tons of office paper every year -- enough
to build a 12-ft high wall of paper from New York to California.
- Every year, we use the equivalent of 120 corrugated cardboard boxes
for every American.
- In 1988, Americans used enough kraft paper for a person to take
a brown bag lunch to school or work for 64 million years.
- Americans receive almost 4 million tons of junk mail every year.
Most of it winds up in the landfills.
- one books from Phoenix, Arizona alone generated 6,000 tons of wastepaper
- Americans go through 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour.
- It will take as many as four centuries for vinyl to decompose in
- Every year, we make enough plastic film to shrink-wrap the state
- Of the almost 3.2 billion pounds of polypropylene used for packaging
in 1988, 98% of it was thrown away.
- Every year, Americans use more than 25 billion polystyrene foam