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by the numbers by rachel evensen Respecting Our Resources Paper or plastic? Your response to this common query at the checkout line may be a matter of personal preference, but a debate continues over which method of packaging is more eco-friendly. Before your next transaction, check out these stats related to the three Rs: reduce, reuse, and recycle. The number of Tons of municipal solid wasTe generaTed in The uniTed sTaTes in 2014. Picture the Great Pyramid of Giza. Now imagine 126 of them. That's how much space all of that trash takes up once it has been compacted. While nearly half of 2014's waste was recycled or burned, about 136 million tons—equivalent to the volume of 67 pyramids—took up residence in landfills. Sources: us Environmental Protection Agency, New World Encyclopedia 258 Million The number of sTaTes wiTh beverage conTainer deposiT laws. Think twice before throwing that can or bottle in the trash—or even in the recycling bin. If you reside in a "bottle bill" state—California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Oregon, or Ver- mont—you can cash in select con- tainers at your local redemption center for a refund of two to fifteen cents. Source: National Conference of State Legislatures 10

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