Friday, November 5, 2010

What's In Our Trash?

Poet Shel Silverstein spins a tale of rubbish in his work Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out.  She had everything from “pizza crust and withered greens to soggy beans and tangerines” in her garbage.  To make matters worse, she had so much trash that “it raised the roof and broke the wall”.  But hoarding is another matter all together.

No doubt, Ms. Stout probably had the same things in her trash that we have.  This chart shows the types of wastes disposed by North Carolinians last year.  Organics make up about 16% of North Carolina’s waste stream.  One would classify withered greens as organics.

Construction and demolition material makes up the largest part of the waste stream at 27%.  It’s interesting to note that diapers, electronics and carpet/padding each make up 1% of the waste stream.

The waste is disposed by the following sectors:  Commercial 22%, Industrial 19%, Residential 27% and Construction and Demolition 32%.

Home Electronics Disposal