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24

Jun

Wasting away: Our garbage by the numbers
60,000: Number of plastic bags consumed in the U.S. every 5 seconds
240,000: Number of plastic bags consumed worldwide every 10 seconds
1 billion: Number of plastic bags Americans use every year
30,000 tons: Landfill waste created from plastic bags each year
Less than 1 percent: Amount of plastic bags that are recycled
$4,000: Cost of recycling 1 ton of plastic bags
$32: The amount that recycled product can be sold for
See more shocking garbage stats.

Wasting away: Our garbage by the numbers

  • 60,000: Number of plastic bags consumed in the U.S. every 5 seconds
  • 240,000: Number of plastic bags consumed worldwide every 10 seconds
  • 1 billion: Number of plastic bags Americans use every year
  • 30,000 tons: Landfill waste created from plastic bags each year
  • Less than 1 percent: Amount of plastic bags that are recycled
  • $4,000: Cost of recycling 1 ton of plastic bags
  • $32: The amount that recycled product can be sold for

See more shocking garbage stats.

28

Nov

What are your changes of winning $550 million?An American is close to 20,000 times more likely to be struck by lightning over a lifetime than to win the lottery.

What are your changes of winning $550 million?
An American is close to 20,000 times more likely to be struck by lightning over a lifetime than to win the lottery.

02

Apr

The stats that mattered this wild, woolly MarchFrom the harshest heat on record to record investments in offshore wind, this has been some kind of March. Here are some key figures from a record-breaking month.

The stats that mattered this wild, woolly March
From the harshest heat on record to record investments in offshore wind, this has been some kind of March. Here are some key figures from a record-breaking month.

07

Sep

Wasting away: Our garbage by the numbersThe average American produces 4.4 pounds of garbage a day.
In today’s culture of mass consumption, the things we throw away often vanish from our minds, but all that trash has to go somewhere. Look at the numbers on garbage and you’ll see it’s more than just trashy — it’s appalling. Luckily, there’s plenty we can do about it.

Wasting away: Our garbage by the numbers
The average American produces 4.4 pounds of garbage a day.

In today’s culture of mass consumption, the things we throw away often vanish from our minds, but all that trash has to go somewhere. Look at the numbers on garbage and you’ll see it’s more than just trashy — it’s appalling. Luckily, there’s plenty we can do about it.