Facts About Incineration and Landfills 166.9 million tons of garbage (57.9% of the municipal solid waste stream) per year are either incinerated or sent to a landfill. Thataverages to 3.08 pounds of trash per person per day (or 1,124 pounds per person per year) going to the dump or being burned. Aluminum cans and plastic bottles have the lowest landfill density. Glassbottles and food waste have the highest landfill density. Food waste, yard waste, corrugated boxes and furniture are the largest items in the disposal stream. Wait a minute! Couldn't the cardboard be recycled? Could any of the rest of it be recycled? Sure! Next we’ll look at another way to recycle – Composting!
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