Tracking My Trash Ouptput
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Humans generate an enormous amount of trash in any given year.  You can get an idea of the size of the problem at the following website: http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/responsible-living/stories/wasting-away-our-garbage-by-the-numbers.   Some of it is biodegradable (e.g. food waste), and some of it is not (e.g. plastics).  Much of it can be recycled (e.g. glass, aluminum, some plastics), but too often recyclable items are simply discarded and end up in dumps, landfills, or directly in the environement, where it can create major ecological problems like the great oceanic garbage patches:  https://vimeo.com/10053284.

Keep track of the items you throw away in one day (24 hrs) by collecting it in a single bag and weighing the bag using the spring scales you were issued in class.  Then answer the following questions and post the answers in the responses after tagging your city on the map:

1. Do you consume more biodegradable or non-biodegradable items?

2. Based upon the weight of your trash, estmate how much you produce in one year (the weight of your bag multiplied by 365).

3. Of the non-biodegradable items you consumed in a day, how many of them could you reuse?  How many do you actually reuse?  How many do you simply throw away?

4. What percentage of the materials are recyclable?  What percentage did you or wll you recycle?

Provide an answer by clicking on "Map" and then on "Add an Answer".



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