(855) 4-ESSAYS

Type a new keyword(s) and press Enter to search


             On October 12, 1999, our population grew to six billion people.
             exorbitant number of people, come their garbage. Each person producing four pounds a .
             day, or three fourths of a ton each year (Miller,1999). The United States is responsible .
             for creating 33% of the world's municipal solid waste and has a population of 276 million .
             people. We live in a high waste society, producing two to three times more garbage than .
             other countries (Miller,1999, p.369). Yearly quantities of the United States garbage .
             consists of:.
             Enough tires to circle the globe almost three times.
             18 billion disposable diapers if linked end to end would reach to the .
             moon and back seven times.
             About two billion disposable razors.
             10 million computer.
             8 million television sets.
             14 million catalogs.
             38 million pieces of junk mail (Miller,1999, p.369).
             These figures will continue to climb as the population continues to climb. More people .
             need to be aware that 67% (by weight) of our nation's garbage goes to landfills (Landfills, .
             2000). Landfills are "garbage graveyards in which solid wastes are spread out in thin .
             layers, compacted, and covered daily with topsoil" (Miller,1999, p.383). Inside the .
             compacted layers, there is very little room for water or air that aid in the breakdown of .
             wastes. "Newspapers dug up from some landfills are still readable after 30 or 40 years: .
             hot dogs, carrots and chickens that have been dug up after 10 years have not .
             decomposed" (Miller,1999,p.383). "Landfills also deprive present and future generations .
             of valuable reusable and recyclable resources and encourage waste production instead of .
             pollution prevention and waste reduction" (Miller,1999, p.384). "Common sense and .
             available data combined tells of a single conclusion: all landfills will eventually leak, .
             contaminating ground water" (Kinman,1999). Landfills cause traffic, noise and dust: most .

Essays Related to Trash

Got a writing question? Ask our professional writer!
Submit My Question