- from Conservation
Trash is a big problem.
Every day, every person in this country throws away about three and a half pounds of trash. In a year’s time, all that trash would fill a hole as long and as wide as a football field. What’s scary is how deep that hole would be—100 miles deep! That’s so much trash, it would fill enough garbage trucks to reach halfway to the Moon. And that’s in just one year. So what’s in all that trash? There are 60 million plastic bottles and almost 2 million aluminum soda cans. Each day, each person tosses out almost two pounds of paper. And it all goes to landfills, which are filling up faster and faster. The costs and problems of opening new landfills are huge. That’s why conservation is such big deal.