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  WATER  
 

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Showering wet down, soap up, rinse off = 4 gallons 

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Brushing teeth wet brush, rinse briefly, = ½ gallon 

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Shaving, fill sink basin = 1 gallon 

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Washing hands fill sink basin = 1 gallon 

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Tub bath minimal water level = 10 to 12 gallons 

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Flushing toilet using a smaller tank = 4 to 6 gallons 

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dishwashing washing and rinsing in the sink = 5 gallons 

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automatic dishwasher short cycle = 7 gallons 

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washing machine short cycle with minimal water level = 27 gallons 

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Outdoor watering average hose = 10 gallons per minute 

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leaks - even a small drip can add up to 25 gallons per day

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ALUMINUM CANS
 
 
  • The average aluminum can contains 40 percent post-consumer recycled aluminum. –Environmental Protection Agency, Last updated, May 2005
    http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/muncpl/alum.htm
  • In 2001, Americans bought 351 aluminum beverage cans per person (twice as many as in 1980) and wasted 70 more cans per person than in 1980. –Container Recycling Institute, Jennifer Gitlitz, “Trashed Cans: The Global Environmental Impacts of Aluminum Can Wasting in America,” 2002
 
 

FOOD

 
 
  • In 2003, food wastes accounted for nearly 12 percent of the total materials discarded in the United States. –EPA, “Municipal Solid Waste in the United States: 2003 Facts and Figures” 2003
    www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/muncpl/msw99.htm#links
  • Twenty-seven percent of the food produced for human consumption in the U.S. is thrown out as waste, equaling 48 million tons annually. –Economic Research Service, US Department of Agriculture, “Estimating and Addressing America’s Food Losses,” 1997
  • When counting only the uneaten portions of meals and waste from food preparation (such as produce trimmings), Americans throw away an average of 163 pounds of food per person per year. –Economic Research Service, US Department of Agriculture, “Estimating and Addressing America’s Food Losses,” 1997
 
  GLASS  
 
  • The average American generates 79.5 pounds of glass per year.
    Environmental Protection Agency, “Municipal Solid Waste In the United States: 2000 Facts and Figures,” 2002

    www.epa.gov.osw
  • It takes approximately one million years for a glass bottle to break down at the landfill. –Environmental Protection Agency, 2002
    www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/reduce/wstewise/wrr/factoid.htm

 
  PAPER  
 
  • In the United States, we use enough office paper each year to build a 10-foot-high wall that’s 6,815 miles long, or two and a half times the distance from New York to Los Angeles. –Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, “Recycling Facts and Figures,” PUBL CE-163, 2002
    www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/aw/wm/publications
  • In 2002, United States per capita consumption of paper and paperboard was 677 pounds (308 kg). This is down from 728 pounds (331 kg) in 2000. –World Resources Institute, (with information from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), 2003
    earthtrends.wri.org/index.cfm
  • Every year, the U.S. catalog industry mails some 19.5 billion catalogs, or 71 for every man, woman and child - producing and disposing 3.6 million tons of paper in 2000. –Environmental Defense, May 2002
    www.environmentaldefense.org/article.cfm?contentid=2040
 
 

PLASTIC

 
 
  • It’s estimated that Americans go through about a hundred billion plastic bags a year, or 360 bags per year for every man, woman and child in the country. –Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash, Elizabeth Royte, Little, Brown and Company, 2005
 
  TRASH  
 
  • Americans waste or cause to be wasted nearly 1 million pounds of materials per person per year. –Natural Capitalism; Paul Hawken, Amory and L. Hunter Lovin; Little Brown & Co.; September 1999
  • In the U.S., we generate enough trash each day to fill 44,919 garbage trucks that hold 9 tons of trash each. –Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, “Recycling Facts and Figures,” PUBL CE-163, 2002
    www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/aw/wm/publications/
 
  ELECTRONICS  
 
  • In 2005, Americans used an average of six wireless products in their day-to-day lives (up from an average of 3 in 1999) with over 30 percent of Americans using eight or more. –Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation, Survey conducted by NOP World on behalf of the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), 2005
    www.call2recycle.org
 
 

GENERAL

 
 
  • The United States, with less than 5 percent of the global population, uses about a quarter of the world’s fossil fuel resources, burning up nearly 25 percent of the coal, 26 percent of the oil, and 27 percent of the world’s natural gas. –Worldwatch Institute, State of the World 2004 Special Focus: The Consumer Society, January 2004,I SBN: 0-393-32539-3
    http://www.metro-region.org/article.cfm?articleID=5562