- from Conservation
Each day, every person in the United States throws away about three and a half pounds of trash.
That may not seem like much, but in a year’s time the trash would fill a hole the size of a football field 100 miles deep. It would fill enough garbage trucks to reach halfway to the Moon. The trash includes 60 million plastic bottles, almost 2 million aluminum soda cans, and just under 2 pounds of paper per day per person. Where does it all go? Landfills. Landfills in the United States are filling up at a faster and faster rate. The cost and ecological problems of opening new landfills are tremendous. That’s where conservation comes in.