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What's in our trash?

Waste disposal is a critical issue for all communities, as there is no easy way to get rid of garbage other than by reducing waste in the first place. In the United States, each person generates about 4.4 pounds of waste per day. That's about enough garbage to fill a convoy of trash trucks halfway to the moon each year! The chart below gives an average breakdown of what is found in a typical municipal US landfill.

Image courtesy of US EPA


Manage your household waste with harmony



Learn not only how to Recycle, but how to Reduce, Reuse and then Recycle waste.


Give your electronics a second chance.


Household Hazardous Waste
Learn about proper storage and disposal of Household Hazardous Waste and non-toxic alternatives to home cleaners.
Use yard and food waste to create a nutrient-rich soil additive.



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Content written by Elizabeth Swiman and Mark Hostetler
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611