• We’re killing our planet.

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  • Garbage doesn’t dissolve in the ocean.

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  • Our planet is dying.

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  • The worlds largest dump – our ocean!

    Ships dump 5.6 million tons of garbage into the ocean every year.

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  • Landfills are not natural wildlife habitats.

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Problem: 4,000,000,000 tons of waste annually

As we know, here in the U.S. alone, our predominant method of waste disposal is sending municipal solid waste and biomass to our landfills, this being comprised of organic and inorganic waste. It is estimated that approximately 350 million people in the U.S. generate as much as 230 million tons of municipal solid waste a year; that equals 4.6 pounds per person per day, in addition to approximately 100 million tons of construction demolition waste per year.

As these landfills are typically situated in populated areas, the local communities are imposed upon with the unsightly look of garbage filled hills, offensive odors, and significant health risks. As these waste materials leach in to the ground and local water, toxic chemicals known as green house gases, are produced. These greenhouse gases equate to 580 million tons of Carbon Dioxide and Methane. Methane is the more harmful gas that displaces oxygen, though made more hazardous when mixed with CO2 or other gases. Over the life of a landfill, 1.8 tons of greenhouse gas is generated, making landfills the predominant man-made source of methane.

Even though tremendous efforts have been made to reduce municipal solid waste through recycling programs and composting, the majority of our waste continues to be sent to our landfills. It is estimated, that at best, 60% of our waste may be recycled in the future. Yet, it is shown that our discarding of waste to landfills is increasing each year.