Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken

Every year, the United States generates approximately 230 million tons of “trash”–about 4.6 pounds per person per day. Less than one-quarter of it is recycled; the rest is incinerated or buried in landfills. With a little forethought, we could reuse or recycle more than 70 percent of the landfilled waste, which includes valuable materials such as glass, metal, and paper. This would reduce the demand on virgin sources of these materials and eliminate potentially severe environmental, economic, and public health problems.

The United States is sinking under a tidal wave of waste.
With no effective government plan in sight, it is left for us to act.

©Teresita Abad Doebley All rights reserved 2009-2011.

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5 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken

  1. Hey, I am all for using our daily resources (including money) efficiently and it is easy to do when one simplifies one’s life. It also saves a lot of money living more simply. And that means less trash to take out. 🙂

  2. It is a disturbing statistic and, thankfully, with the trend towards conservation/green on the upswing, we can begin to make even a tiny dent in it all. Great black and white shot. 🙂

  3. Agree….we all need to recycle everything that we can. If you are not sure what to recycle be sure to check your local recycling center either on line or in person. They even have tours for schools and groups that show what and how to recycle, and remember to enjoy that clear, cold glass of water today!

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