How much garbage do we produce? (part 1)

One of our goals during our paddle from the Boundary Waters to Washington DC is to reduce the amount of garbage that we produce, especially plastic waste. Before we start trying to produce less garbage we need to figure out how much garbage we produce now. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American produces between 4 and 4.5 pounds of garbage each day.

We need you to help us figure out the best way to measure the amount of garbage we produce. Should we weight it, measure the volume, sort it and by type of garbage and record the weight or volume of each type? Please tell us how you think we should measure our garbage and why. Make a comment below or send us an email to share your answer.

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  1. Posted September 9, 2014 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Our class has decided that you should measure garbage by volume because of how much space it takes up.

  2. Elizabeth Beaver
    Posted September 9, 2014 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    The students replied that they think that you should sort the garbage and then weigh it to see how much of each you have, for example aluminum, plastic, paper.
    They await your response at the end of the trip to see how much of each that you recycled and/or used on this trip.

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