US Waste Generation Data, 1960-2010


A picture (or graph) is worth a thousand words. Since 1960, the typical American is creating almost an extra 2 pounds of waste every day. With all the addition waste generated, the good news is that the trend is beginning to drop. Sure, there has been a great deal of effort in waste reduction practices: packaging changes, product design, and just people thinking “greener.” But since the peak in the graph the economy has taken a huge downturn. Perhaps this trend will continue, but we may only notice it a few years after the economy has been stabilized and we start to purchase more again.

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