LA Survey: How Much Trash Do You Create In a Week?

LA Survey: How Much Trash Do You Create In a Week?

Abby Stone
Jul 8, 2008

We've read that the EPA estimates that the average American home creates pounds of 29 pounds of trash per week or 1600 pounds in one year! We'd like to consider ourself way below the norm but we're afraid that if we added up everything including what's being recycled and composted, it would come close to that amount...

Clearly composting and recycling help but we're trying to avoid creating that much waste in the first place. This week, we're trying an experiment; we'll collect everything we'd toss for the week and weigh it before we dispose of it. What do you think? Are you below average in terms of how much waste you create?

[Image via Mugley's Flickr, with a Creative Commons License]

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