Americans generated nearly 246 million tons of municipal solid waste in 2005 – a decrease of nearly 2 million tons from 2004. The decrease is due in part to the decline in individual waste generation to about 4.5 pounds per person per day, representing a 1.5 percent decrease from 2004. In addition to generating less waste, individuals recycled nearly 1.5 pounds per person per day.
Test your Holiday Environment I.Q.
1. What percent of all batteries are sold during the holidays?
2. Household waste in the U.S. generally increases by how much over the
a. 50 thousand tons
b. 100 thousand tons
c. 1 million tons
d. 10 million tons
Question 1. The answer is b. Be part of the solution. Buy recyclable batteries <<more
About 40 percent of all battery sales occur during the holiday season. Buy rechargeable batteries to accompany your electronic gifts, and consider giving a battery charger as well. Rechargeable batteries reduce the
amount of potentially harmful materials thrown away, and can save money in the long run.
Question 2. The answer is c. Find out how to reduce holiday waste
As we enter the holiday season, consumers flock to malls, department stores and outlets in droves to search for that perfect gift, that one card that says it all, that tree to end all trees. But as we feast, give gifts, decorate and travel, we also consume lots of resources and generate lots of waste.
A recent report noted that the amount of household garbage in the United States generally increases by 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, from 4 million tons to 5 million tons. That’s pretty amazing, but I can understand why. Because of the holidays, we mail millions of cards and buy gifts and household items that are often over packaged. We also consume more fuel. If you’d like to be more eco-cool for the holidays and want some ideas, click on this link.
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