Image description: When you throw something away, where does it go?
Every year, Americans create 250 million tons of trash. 134 million tons end up in landfills and incinerators, but it doesn’t have to.
You can dramatically reduce the amount of trash that is thrown away by taking a few easy steps:
- Reduce the amount of materials you use, which reduces the amount of waste you create.
- Reuse materials when possible.
- Recycle whenever possible.
- Rethink the materials you use and those you throw away.
By thinking about what we’re doing and how to reduce the waste we produce, we can help create a cleaner, healthier environment.
Make a difference today! If we all take small steps every day to reduce the amount of waste we produce, we can help protect our planet for generations to come.
For more information, visit www.epa.gov/recycle.
This infographic is based on data from EPA’s 2011 MSW Characterization Report. For more information, see http://1.USA.gov/USmsw.
Check out http://1.USA.gov/mswinfog for the full infographic.
Inforgraphic from the Environmental Protection Agency.