- Study: Americans Throw Out 7 Pounds of Trash Daily
May 17, 2012 — Americans throw out more than seven pounds of trash each day, which adds up to 102 tons over the course of a lifetime, according to a study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a CFR Corp. press release.
- In order to track the trash trail, MIT researchers embedded transmitter chips on thousands of pieces of garbage. The MIT study also found:
- America’s biggest export to China is scrap (potentially recyclable materials including metals).
- Most American communities spend more on waste management than on fire protection, parks and recreation, libraries, or schoolbooks.
- New York, NY, transports 12,000 tons of trash each day to out-of-state landfills, the equivalent of disposing of 62 Boeing 747 jumbo jets per day.
- The Puenta Hills Landfill, which holds 60 years’ worth of decomposing garbage and is 500 feet tall, is one of the tallest structures in Los Angeles, CA.
Fort Worth, TX-based CFR, which stands for Continuous Flow Recycling, designs and manufactures a range of carpet cleaning systems and specialty tools. For more information, visit www.cfrcorp.com.
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