Trash and Recycling Infographic Highlights Prevalence of Issue, Potential for Resources

Trash and Recycling Infographic Highlights Prevalence of Issue, Potential for Resources

Amidst billions of pounds of trash that is discarded annually in the U.S., initiatives for sustainability may turn the prevailing problems into high-value resource solutions.

“The USA produces more trash than any other country in the world, with each person throwing away 4.4 pounds of trash per day — that’s a collective total of more than 500 billion pounds of trash per year! From paper products, plastic, food scraps, and more, landfills are overflowing and threatening our health and environment.”

Trash that is merely discarded and heaped into landfills is a detrimental reality in many places around the world. But shifting mindsets and approaches to treating trash—empowered by advances in technologies and other factors—allows us to turn a detriment into a benefit.


Trash can be turned from a problem into a resource.

From Anaerobic Digesters that can take food scraps, yard trimmings, and other organic waste (accounting for almost 30% of discarded waste) and turn it into usable biogas (for electricity and heat) and byproducts like compost and fertilizer; Materials Recovery Facilities that churn out papers, plastics, and metals for reuse on the market; and even more advanced applications of technologies like pelletizing tire waste to use as high-value fuel—demand for maximizing revenue has contributed to the existence of many technologies that make this waste-to-resource production possible.

The question is no longer if we can control and sustainably use our trash; the question becomes how and when. Team Gemini and its team members continue to explore these issues, and present solutions for a variety of needs.

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