Waste Disposal Of The United States

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Waste disposal in the United States is a vast and complicated enterprise. From the handling of regular household trash to hazardous, toxic waste materials, a great deal of infrastructure is required in order to best store and transport such materials in a way that does not conflict with communities. However, in point of fact, there is a great deal of trouble with the current waste-management systems of the United States: from destructive ecological effects to humanitarian concerns in low/under-privileged neighborhoods in America, there is a lot to consider when it comes to the topic of waste disposal in cities of the United States. That being the case, the following will proceed to address a myriad of issues affecting waste disposal systems in the United States, starting with general information about American’s usage of waste disposal systems, followed by environmental effects and the role of the Environmental Protection Agency (or EPA) in addressing these issues. ==================== First, let us look at some basic statistics about the American’s use of waste disposal systems. According to the EPA, “In 2013, Americans generated about 254 million tons of trash and recycled and composted about 87 million tons of this material, equivalent to a 34.3 percent recycling rate. On average, we recycled and composted 1.51 pounds of our individual waste generation of 4.40 pounds per person per day (epa.gov, 2015).” On the whole, American’s produce a great deal of waste. And
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