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TRASH – Dirty Dozen Photos Inspire Recycling

Trash bins everywhere, if not we don’t care, just toss it in the air … away away away!

Where does all the contents of the trash bins go?

“… in many Western countries, each person generates 4.3lb (1.95kg) of waste every day, up from 2.7 (1.2kg) in 1960. There are now 7.3 billion people in the world; with the current population growth rate of 1.1%, this means that in roughly 64 years, the Earth’s population will be almost 15 billion. That’s a lot of garbage.” ¹

The typical garbage flow in the United States is to throw trash in the bin and forget about it.  Actually, many large cities have thorough collection systems that involve sorting plastics, metals, compost items, woods, paper, electronic, chemicals, etc. but smaller towns and rural areas are not so good due to lack of resources.

So, where does trash go after being sorted (or not)?:

  • 55% gets buried in landfills,
  • 33% gets recycled,
  • 12% goes to incinerators.

With a little more effort, we could reuse or recycle more than 70% of the waste that goes to landfills, which includes valuable materials such as glass, metal, and paper.

View these 12 images below as a glimpse into where our trash goes.  Share your thoughts and suggestions.

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  1. Albatross died from excessive plastic ingestion.
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2. Bird in oil spill

3. Cat in beach trash.

4. A child drinks water near a stream in Fuyuan county, Yunnan province.

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5. Boy collecting recyclables.

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6. Koala loses her home to development (landfill).

7. Trash river after the rains.

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8. Seal slowly dying from trash entanglement.

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9. Stork suck in plastic bag.

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10. Surfing the polluted waters of Indonesian.

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11. Tortoise restricted by six-pack rings.

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12. Snapping turtle caught in trash ring for most it’s shortened life.

 

Let’s do our part with a philosophy of: Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, and Compost!  PLUS, help clean it up.

Here are some Green Tips.

To save on plastic water bottles re-use this Berkey Water Filter Sports Bottle

For more Trash Facts report click here.

 

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