This is an activity guide for teachers on garbage. It includes an topical overview, activity for students, vocabulary words, and additional resources.
More than 60 percent of municipal solid waste is recyclable, yet only about 13 percent of it gets recycled. Why isn't more recycled and how can we improve this situation?
It's hard to imagine scientists having much to do with garbage. But as the solid waste crisis grows, simple garbage disposal will require some high-tech solutions. Over the last 50 years new synthetic materials have been introduced into the waste stream, complicating the problem. These materials are not biodegradable and some produce toxic residue. This has led to tighter environmental controls on landfills. So how much garbage do Americans really throw away and what can we do to help this problem? An activity for classroom use is also included showing how much waste a family goes through in month and what they throw away.
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