Americans Love Garbage

Did you know that Americans generate more trash than anyone else on the planet?

According to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Edward Humes, the author of  “Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash,” nearly 70 percent of the trash we create (102 tons over our lifetime) goes immediately into landfills. Most of it is made up of containers and packaging, all of which should be recycled. In fact, he estimates we throw away almost $50 billion in squandered riches each year.

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By Daryl Cagle

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