AMERICA'S TRASHY ATTITUDE

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Home Inspector with H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties)

A scene that may be hard to find in 30 years

Have you ever wondered... or even cared where all the trash that you generate goes?

When you think about how much trash each and every one of us generate every day, every month, every year, it becomes a staggering thought. What if all that trash had to be piled up in your own back yard? Would you feel differently about it then? Of course you would.

Unfortunately, Americans, and most of the rest of the world usually give little or no thought to the subject of trash. Out of sight , out of mind. "As long as it doesn't end up in my house, my back yard, or my vehicle, I don't care what you do with it". Yeah, them's the sad facts, and the awful truth that may someday kill us all.

One of the facts that really struck me the most.... is the fact that by the year 2030, most of the worlds largest cities will be out of room for trash in their landfills... Yeah?  WHAT THEN??

Now, more than ever before, pollution, trash generation and disposal should be at or near the top of our concerns, both individually, and as a global society. We have managed to bridge the communication gaps worldwide with our technologies. We need to use those tools to generate genuine interest, concern, and actions towards being responsible keepers and preservers of the earth environment we were given.

The trash and pollution we generate today will be around a lot longer than the consumer goods, or food that was once packaged in it. In fact, it will outlast everything you currently own, and be here to welcome the birth of your great great grandchild.

Give it some thought. Start taking actions in positive ways that will reduce your personal trash output. Try to give back to the environment in any small way that you can think of. Even something as simple as not using disposable dinnerware can make a difference, if we all do it.

I challenge you to make a list of the things you unconsciously throw away in just ONE DAY.... MULTIPLY THAT times over 6 Billion People.....

Well, not all peoples in all countries generate as much as we do, but you get the point. Americans are among the most wasteful, and most trash generating society on the planet. Let's start the change for the better today.

It all starts with one persons attitude....

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Robert Rauf
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A lot of people dont think like that.  Just 1 water bottle... when you consider that is everyones attitude we have a packed land fill!  great post kevin, and I love the photo.

Feb 11, 2010 11:23 PM #1
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David Jirasek
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Ever notice how wasteful the grocery sackers are with at least one or two plastic sacks with only one item in it. How much good does it really do to put a gallon of milk in plastic bag anyway? I was once asked to sell a landfill that was completely full and covered, but passed as I had just gotten into real estate sales from tax appraisal. I think I would take one on now, with the help of my attorney! Great post!

Feb 11, 2010 11:34 PM #2
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Kevin Corsa
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When you think about everything in that grocery store.... and there is something that will be thrown away from nearly every single item!!!  Astounding

Feb 12, 2010 12:01 AM #3
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Linda Metallo DiBenardo
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That is a fabulous photo !   Everytime I come home from the store, it bothers me about all the wasteful packaging for every single item. And my recycling bins are overflowing every week.  I don't know what the answer is, but we are sure paying heavily for convenience of nice packaging and endless cardboard boxing.

Feb 12, 2010 12:29 AM #4
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Charles Buell
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Kevin, can you imagine how much trash we would not create if every time we went to the grocery or fast food restaurant we had to bring our own containers to take the stuff away in?

Feb 12, 2010 01:58 AM #5
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Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

Kevin I say recycle. Over here in our community they are crushing glass and finding many uses for recycled glass and also plastic. We really are a throw away society and need to start taking care of mother earth. I think they ship of aluminum to Mexico and it comes back into the U.S. in items to decorate your home and gardens.

Feb 12, 2010 11:18 AM #6
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Irina Riley
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Kevin, very good point. Hopefully, a lot of people will think that way and help the enviroment.

Feb 15, 2010 03:06 AM #7
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Kevin Corsa
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I am probably just as guilty of generating trash as anyone else. but recently, I have been giving considerable thought and action to cutting down my own personal waste factor wherever I can.

Feb 16, 2010 05:47 AM #8
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Howdy there and evening to ya Kevin, sure do hope everything is going well for you and your family!

Aug 20, 2011 04:38 PM #9
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Kevin Corsa
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Hey folks,  I'm back after a very long absence from AR, but hope to be here alot more now and in the future.

Thanks for your posts. I am a bonafide recycler now.

Feb 20, 2013 09:39 PM #10
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Howdy and morning Kevin

How are things going with you?

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