Trash Facts

  • The average American throws away 4.5 pounds of trash a day.
  • To give you an idea of how much trash we generate here in the United States, imagine digging a pit the size of a football field, including the end zones. If we bury all of the trash we produce in just one year, that pit would be 100 miles deep!
  • Every year we fill enough garbage trucks to form a line that would stretch from the earth, halfway to the moon.
  • Each day the United States throws away enough trash to fill 63,000 garbage trucks.
  • Almost 1/3 of the waste generated in America is packaging.
  • In 1986, the United States generated almost 160 million tons of paper, glass, metals, plastics, rubber, food, and yard waste. This was an increase of 80% over the figures in 1960.
  • In 1996 13.3 million tons of waste was generated in Indiana including 1.9 tons from out of state.
  • In 1995 27% of the United States’ food supply spoiled or went unused (48,000,000 tons).
  • Man-made rubbish in orbit includes 8,500 objects and 100,000 pieces of space litter.
  • 74,200 fans at Super Bowl XXX generated 75 tons of trash in Sun Devil Stadium in Phoenix, while 72,000 fans at Super Bowl XXXI generated 68 tons at the Superdome in New Orleans. At Super Bowl XXXII in Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, 70 tons of trash was generated by 68,000 fan
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About the Author:

Andy Corman is the Owner of AC Trash Hauling & More a Metro-Indianapolis trash hauling and junk removal company (  He is a structural engineer by education with 30 years of construction management experience and an entrepreneur by necessity, educated in the school of hard knocks.