What You Need to Know About All That Garbage You Throw Out

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The Secret Life of Garbage

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It’s a routine chore every week. Sort the recyling and take out the trash. Then, sometime in the morning or while you’re at work, the trashman comes to haul it away.

But what happens after that? And where does garbage go that isn’t picked up?

It’s estimated that Americans produce about 250 million tons of trash each year, or about enough to cover the state of Texas twice over. Not all of that ends up where it should though.

This infographic tells the story of your garbage, emphasizing that we should probably all be a little more careful about what we throw away.

  • Colin Rabyniuk

    Colin is a writer, journalist and freelance designer based out of Hamilton, Ontario. His writing has appeared on Geekword.net, Aesthetic Magazine Toronto, and the Oakville News. When not hard at work, Colin loves to travel, and has backpacked all over Latin America, the United States and China.

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