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Liz Hinmon

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1. Americans throw away over 25,000,000 plastic bottles every hour.
2.We use over 80,000,000,000 aluminum soda cans every year.
3. Over 75% of waste is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30% of it.
4.Approximately 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the U.S.
5. The U.S. is the #1 trash-producing country in the world at 1,609 pounds per person per year. This means that 5% of the world's people generate 40% of the world's waste.
6.Americans throw away enough aluminum every 3 months to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet.
7. Every year, Americans throw away enough paper and plastic cups, forks, and spoons to circle the equator 300 times.
8. Only around 17% of Georgians in our local area compost their old leftover foods like coffee beans and banana peels.
9. At this rate, the barriers of all landfills will eventually break down and leak into ground and surface water. This will allow plastic pipes to release toxic chemicals and gases into the air.
10. Because plastic water bottles are shielded from sunlight in landfills, they will not decompose for thousands of years.
11. Americans throw away enough garbage everyday to fill 63,000 garbage trucks, which if lined up end to end for an entire year would stretch half way to the moon.
Step 3 (identify)
Step 4.
E.nvironmental P.rotection A.gency

Reduce! Reuse!
Recycle! Recover!

Main Issues
What happens when we don't conserve?
At this rate, Earth's resources are predicted to possibly run out in the next few centuries!! Especially if overpopulation continues to triple like these last few decades.
Why should you be an ally for the EPA?
These two statistics show that from1980 - 2010 in the United States the amount of plastic citizens have recycled has only grown to 6%, glass to almost 20%, and aluminum to only 17%. However, we should keep the numbers rising for paper recycled to reach past 60%. However, with the huge boost of modern technology we have, the percentages should have risen much more.
From 1960-1990 the amount of paper increased by 25 million tons. On the bright side, aluminum and glass have had lower waste rates from 1-8 million tons. But, plastics again have greatly increased to over 20 million tons in 2010 from just 4 million tons in 1970. That's ALOT of trash!!

1.Are these statistics exaggerated?
No, because the E.P.A. is a government run program, not just a blog, but even if they were, the evidence of resources and animal habitats running out is very visible even in our community.
2. Isn't it too time consuming to recycle and compost everything?
No, there are several ways to just conserve without much work. For example, it's very simple to just throw a plastic bottle in a bin instead of trash can.
3. How are Americans expected to recycle if there are no programs in their neighborhoods?
There are actually several recycling plants in almost every major city in America in addition to large self run corporations are required to have small recycling programs.
4. Doesn't it cause more harm creating air pollution trucking recyclable materials around the country instead of just throwing it away?
Since there are several programs based just locally around majority of our communities, now in the technology age of 2013, there is no need for long travels to giant center like before recycling was such an urgent need.

It's all about EPA
The EPA is the Environmental Protection Agency. It is a national government program created to turn around the awfully tiny amount of recycling and conservation that takes place nationally and internationally. They even have bases locally in Georgia. The company was founded December 2,1970. EPA's mission is to keep people involved in their communities to conserve and protect earth resources through the four R's: reducing, reusing, recycling, and recovering. Also, the agency specializes in all kinds of environmental issues like pollution, acid rain, recycling etc. Overall the EPA role is to protect human health and the environment before it's too late.
We constantly aren't conserving our natural resources and electricity! Over the last 40 years our rates of trash disposal have nearly tripled.
•In 1960, the per capita generation of waste was 2.68 pounds per person per day, and total waste generation was 88.1 million tons.
•In 2010, the per capita generation of waste was 4.43 pounds per person per day and total waste generation was 249.9 million tons.

Currently we're already destroying the ozone layer that shields us harmful ultraviolet radiation, experiencing the effects of global warming, heat waves, droughts, giant landfills, melting glaciers, dying plant and animal species rising sea levels, deforestation overpopulation and much more.
According to National Geographic
http://greenliving.nationalgeographic.com/effects-recycling-humans-) and the raw data we collected, here is what we found:
Trash Recycled in 2010 to Trash Wasted
(34.1%) 85.1 million tons: 250 million tons
Works Cited
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•Leigh, E.. N.p.. Web. 23 Jun 2013. <http://greenliving.nationalgeographic.com/effects-recycling-humans-20310.html>.
•Rielly, Megan. "1800RECYCLING RSS." Http://1800recycling.com. 2008-2013 Electronic Recyclers International, CEO John Shegerian., 5 Apr. 2010. Web. 26 June 2013.
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•Simonetta, J.. N.p.. Web. 23 Jun 2013. <http://joesimonetta.hubpages.com/hub/Our-overpopulation-problem>.
•University of Utah, 2011. 0. <http://students.arch.utah.edu/courses/Arch4011/Recycling Facts1.pdf>.
"Landfill Data for London – Indicator One." Environment Agency -. Environment Agency 2012, 18 Dec. 2012. Web. 27 June 2013.
Remember to think twice the next time you're about to throw away a plastic bottle! Try a reusable one instead!
Elizabeth Hinmon, Caitlin Jones, Ayan Dougsiyeh
Recycling and Conservation- WEST 9 6/28/13
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