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Plastics, By the Numbers

When it comes to recycling plastics, we’ve got some work to do. We’ll take a look at the stats to show you why.

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If 318,000,000 people generate 32,000,000 tons of plastic waste and there are 2,000 pounds in a ton, how much is one person generating each year?
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Although the numbers might be large, it only takes some simple math to see the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead with recycling plastics. Take this short quiz to get a better sense of the issue and find out ways to help.

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  • Alexandra M. 2 days ago
    When I go to the grocery store, I use a reusable bag
  • Terri B. 26 days ago
    I have a garden composter, so it takes longer for the kitchen trash can to fill up as fast. When I empty it into the big bag lined recepticle outside, I wipe down the kitchen trash bag and keep using the same bag! I clean and reuse or recycle plastic bags and ziplocks too. Haven't had to purchase any plastic bags in 3 years. Use cloth bags for shopping and recycle/reuse what I do get. It's a bit more effort, but hey, keeps me busy ;-)
  • Jennifer B. 26 days ago
    I thoroughly enjoyed this quiz even though I got two wrong - it was fun doing the math.
  • Brian M. 1 month ago
    Everyone should use this site its helpful and very informative. Thanks
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