The average American produces 4.4lbs of trash per day, enough garbage to fill 63,000 garbage trucks, which if lined up end to end for an entire year would stretch half way to the moon. Here in Alabama that number is significantly higher, with the waste production per individual projected at 6.5lbs by the EPA. These numbers are even more shocking when you take into account the fact that Americans represent 5% of the world’s population, but generate 30% of the world’s garbage.
At the Mobile County Recycling Center we are working daily to advocate sustainability and to keep materials out of our communities’ landfills. Here are some numbers that illustrate our impact:
- 1,375 tons recycled in 2016, up from 938 in 2015
- 336 average cars per day in 2016, up from 252 in 2015
- 276 volunteers in 2016 who contributed 3569 hours of service
- 384 students participated in field trips in 2016
- Provided work training programs for 4 schools in 2016
REducing, REusing, REcycilng, and REthinking preserves natural resources, decreases pollution, saves energy, and allows products to be used to their fullest extent. Giving future generations the assurance of a plentiful world depends on us taking simple actions such as donating or recycling household items.