It’s a routine chore every week. Sort the recycling and take out the trash.

Then, sometime in the morning or while you’re at work, the trash man comes to haul it away.

But what happens after that? And where does the garbage go that isn’t picked up?

So which is the secret life of garbage we throw out every day?

It’s estimated that Americans produce about 250 million tons of trash each year, or about enough to cover the state of Texas twice over.Not all of that ends up where it should, though.

This infographic tells the story of your garbage, emphasizing that we should probably all be a little more careful about what we throw away.

What You Need to Know About Garbage


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