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Sustainability on Campus

Waste & Recycling Facts

·         Recycling has increased 7% in the past five years.

·         U.S. recycling facilities earn $2,981 million per year. 

·         The average college student produces 640 pounds of solid waste each year, including 500 disposable cups and 320 pounds of paper.

·         The average American will throw away 600 times their adult weight in garbage. This means there will be a legacy of 90,000 pounds of trash for theirs and other people’s children.

·         Americans comprise of about 5% of the world's population and annually produce 27% of the world's garbage.

·         The U.S. is the #1 trash-producing country in the world at 1,609 pounds per person per year. This means that 5% of the world's people generate 40% of the world's waste.

·         Out of every $10 spent buying things; $1 (10%) goes for packaging that is thrown away. Packaging represents about 65% of household trash.

·          In 2008, the average amount of waste generated by each person in America per day was 4.5 pounds. 1.1 pounds of that was recycled, and .4 pounds, including yard waste, was sent to composting. In total, 24.3% of waste was recycled, 8.9% was composted, and 66.8% was sent to a landfill or incinerated. 

·         On average, it costs $30 per ton to recycle trash, $50 to send it to the landfill, and $65 to $75 to incinerate it.

·         The highest point in Hamilton County, Ohio (near Cincinnati) is "Mount Rumpke." It is actually a mountain of trash at the Rumpke sanitary landfill towering 1045 ft. above sea level.

·         The US population discards each year 16,000,000,000 diapers, 1,600,000,000 pens, 2,000,000,000 razor blades, and 220,000,000 car tires.

·         A Styrofoam coffee cup discarded today will remain in landfill space for close to 500 years. This is because it does not get decomposed easily, i.e. it is not bio-degradable. Therefore, it is advisable to say, “No,” to Styrofoam products.



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