What if you had to keep all the trash you generated for a year? How would you look at things like disposable water bottles, fast-food wrappers, and little things like straws and Q-tips?
For the coming year, Alicia Ebaugh is going to be doing just that. The educator and public outreach coordinator for the La Porte County Solid Waste District has embarked on a year-long experiment to see what types of waste are created in the normal, every-day life of a person.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, in 2013, Americans generated about 254 million tons of trash and recycled and composted about 87 million tons of this material. On average, the U.S. recycled and composted 1.51 pounds of its individual waste generation of 4.40 pounds per person per day.
Whether or not Ebaugh will meet the average, remains to be seen. In fact, it will be seen on a weekly basis on the on the Solid Waste District’s blog and on Facebook.