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Life Cycle of Trash

Taking out the trash is just the beginning.

Americans generate trash at a rate of four pounds per day, per person. This translates to staggering 600,000 tons per day and 210 million tons per year, which is almost twice as much per person as most other countries. So what happens to all that trash? One of three things:

  • It’s landfilled 
  • It’s recycled 
  • It’s composted


The next time you throw something away, consider where it’s going and how long it will be there. Remember, if you can recycle or reuse, you’re not just saving materials, you’re saving the environment and valuable landfill space. Check out Advanced Disposal's Recycling Facts and Trivia and see what you can do to help. You can also learn more about Landfills and where your trash goes after it leaves your house.

Life Cycle of Trash Diagram

 
 
 
About Advanced Disposal

Advanced Disposal (NYSE: ADSW) brings fresh ideas and solutions to the business of a clean environment. As the fourth largest solid waste company in the U.S., we provide integrated, non-hazardous solid waste collection, recycling and disposal services to residential, commercial, industrial and construction customers across 16 states and the Bahamas. Our team is dedicated to finding effective, sustainable solutions to preserve the environment for future generations.

 
 
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