We Live In a Dirty World

There’s no getting around it; we live in a dirty world. Did you know that the average American produces about 4.5 pounds of trash per day, according to the EPA? About 40 percent of that is paper, from food wrappers to newspapers. Yard trimmings make up about 12 percent, and food scraps 11 percent. Plastics account for nearly another 11 percent, followed by metals, rubber, leather, textiles, glass, wood, and so on. By my math-challenged calculations, for the 314 million …

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