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Plastics, By the Numbers
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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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A REAL-LIFE MATH PROBLEM

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
  • tommy b. 1 month ago
    today
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