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  1. Waste generated by Individuals:
    It is estimated that on average, each person generates:
    • 0.041 metric tons of newspaper
    • 0.043 tons of glass
    • 0.014 metric tons of plastic
    • 0.012 metric tons of metal
    • 0.009 metric tons of magazines per year. (paper?)
    • 0.096 metric tons of organic per year
    • 0.11 metric tons of food waste per year.
    • consume 60,225 gallons per year: 165 gallons a day (water used either at work or home).  

  2. Organic Waste (food)
  3. 34 Million Tons of Food Waste is generated each year. Less than 3%  of it recovered (as of 2009), most of it reaching landfills and incinerators.

  4. "America uses 345 Billion Gallons of Water a day.
    • 39% is used for irrigation
    • 39% is used for electric power
    • 6% is used for industrial purpose.
    • 14% is used for public supply
    • 2% is used for agricultural purposes."

    EPA's annual Characterization Report was the source of per capita waste generation by material type (e.g., newspaper waste generated per person). Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2005. Municipal Solid Waste Generation, Recycling, and Disposal in the United States: Facts and Figures for 2003 (PDF)







Recycling For Charities

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Recycling saves 95 percent of the energy required to make aluminum from ore.
If the recycling rate were to reach 80% at the current level of beverage container sales, nearly 3 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions would be avoided. This is equivalent to taking nearly 2.4 million cars off the road for a full year.

U.S. Beverage Container Recycling Scorecard and Report
In 1972, 53 million pounds of aluminum were recycled. Today, we exceed that amount weekly.
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