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We currently use a lot of energy creating products that are then not used to their full extent and are thrown away without recovering useful materials. The average American produces over 4 1/2 pounds of garbage every day. That's over 30 pounds a week per person. Most of this ends up in landfills where, rather than being harvested for useful raw materials, it is simply compacted and buried until it eventually essentially turns into dirt. How much of the things you throw away are actually that worthless that they should just be buried and ignored?

The average American produces over 4 1/2 pounds of garbage every day
Fortunately, recycling programs have been a major part of environmental education for the last couple decades and there is a new focus on knowing the full sustainability impact of the materials we consume. There has fortunately been an increase in the amount of recycling that has actually outpaced increases in waste generation in the recent years. We are still producing too much trash, but as of 2007, approximately 1/3 of waste was being recycled in America.

Meanwhile, in the European Union, the GreenDot Program has been adopted by 32 countries. This program aims to reduce packaging waste, which in the early 1990s accounted for 25-30% of all landfill waste. The program requires producers to either recover their own packaging or to pay fees to government recovery and recycling programs that will recover the packaging and recycle as much of it as possible.

EPA - Municipal Solid Waste Report
2007 report on trash and recycling statistics.
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EPA - Municipal Solid Waste Report
2007 report on trash and recycling statistics.
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Green Dot Compliance
EU website for green dot compliance.
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Green Dot Compliance
EU website for green dot compliance.
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