An even bigger point the article raises? Just how much garbage we Americans produce: 250 million tons a year, 2x the amount in 1970, with no signs of slowing down. Disposing of all this costs an estimated $7 billion a year. That’s a lot of money wasted on waste.
A recycling expert recently told me that future generations will probably look back at us and think we were idiots—wondering what we were thinking (or not) when we buried vast amounts of valuable things like aluminum and other metals underground. Think about that next time you toss a can or bottle.
Originally published 11/17/2013