The Garden Workers

"Sun, shadows, passing hours,

Gardens, garden workers, flowers"

Established 1930

Conservation

Waste Facts

How Much Waste We Create

As of 2016, Pennsylvanians generate approximately 8.7 million tons of municipal waste annually. That’s about 1,360 pounds per person every year!


What We Throw Away

According to a study produced for the state Department of Environmental Protection, the 10 most common materials in Pennsylvania residential waste are:

  • food waste – 12.2%
  • non-recyclable paper – 10.1%
  • corrugated cardboard – 5.3%
  • newspaper – 5.2%
  • yard waste –  1%
  • mixed paper – 4.8%
  • film plastic – 4.7%
  • C&D (construction and demolition) – 4.5%
  • textiles – 4.4%
  • unpainted wood – 3.6%