Trash

Did you know that the average American produces approximately 1,600 pounds of trash in a year? Crunch these numbers and learn more interesting facts about what we throw away. Match each question with one of the answers below:

1. There are about 350 million (350,000,000) people living in the United States. Each person uses about 1,000 plastic bags a year. How many plastic bags are used in the United States in a year?

2. In 1990, people in the United States bought 1.1 billion pounds of plastic bottles. By 2002, that amount doubled. How many pounds of plastic bottles were bought in 2002?

3. New York City produces 26,000,000 pounds of trash a day. How many millions of pounds of trash does New York City produce daily?

4. People in the United States use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour (and most are thrown away). How many bottles is that in a day?

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A. 60,000,000

B. 350 billion

C. 26

D. 2.2 billion

Answers: 1-B; 2-D; 3-C; 4-A