From the EPA:
"In 2012, Americans generated about 251 million tons of trash and recycled and composted almost 87 million tons of this material, equivalent to a 34.5 percent recycling rate. On average, we recycled and composted 1.51 pounds of our individual waste generation of 4.38 pounds per person per day."
How do we get all this trash?
Where does it all go?
This is one week's trash for two people.
Food: whole food, or mostly whole food purchased at organic/bulk grocery store or farmer's market. Garbage disposal eats most of the waste peels, cores and stems. Meals are generally prepared at home - this week - 13/21 meals - outside meals were 2 breakfasts on weekend, 5 lunches at company cafeteria and one night at the bar up the hill.
Disposables: tissues, dental floss, the usual... We use cloth napkins and dish towels.
Recycling: everything that can be recycled is recycled.