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Monday, 23 March 2015

Garbage

There was no garbage disposal systems in the early towns of Mesopotamia. Rubbish accumulating in the streets was packed down by the comings and goings of men and animals. As the streets grew higher, the floors of houses had to be raised with additional layers of clays.

Architect and inventor John W. Hammes built his wife the world's first kitchen garbage disposer in 1927. After ten years of design improvement, Hammes went into business selling his appliance to the public. His company was called the In-Sink-Erator Manufacturing Co.

In 1979, NASA received a $400 littering ticket from Western Australia when pieces of Skylab fell on the region.

Each of us generates about 3.5 pounds of rubbish a day, most of it paper.

Americans throw away 30 billion foam cups, and 1.8 billion disposable diapers every year.

Americans are responsible for about one fifth of the world’s rubbish annually. On average, that's three pounds a day per person.

New York City makes 33 million tons of trash a year—more than double the waste created by Tokyo, which holds 12 million more people.

Sweden is so efficient in using its garbage in waste-to-energy programs that it ran out of garbage and had to start importing it from Norway.

In Songdo, South Korea, there are no garbage trucks—waste is sucked directly from kitchens through underground pipes to processing centers.

12 is the average amount of steps a person will hold a piece of trash before they litter.

For every ton of fish caught from the Earth's oceans, three tons of garbage is dumped into it.

There is so much space debris in earth's atmosphere that in future it may become too dangerous to leave our planet and we may get trapped in our own garbage.

Source Isaac Asimov’s Book Of Facts

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