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Every year, North Carolinians throw away 
enough trash to circle the earth twice

The amount of trash North Carolinians throw away in 3.5 hours 
would fill dumpsters that reach as high as Mt. Mitchell.

         Wasting Away

  • Every year, North Carolinians throw away enough trash to circle the earth twice.
  • The trash we throw into the landfill each year in North Carolina is equivalent to the weight of 7,866,666 cars a year!
  • The amount of waste disposed in North Carolina has increased from 6.8 milliontons in 1991 to 11.86 million tons in 2007.
  • With the amount of trash North Carolinians throw away, we fill enough dumpsters to line the N.C. coastline more than nine times every year.
  • Every 40 days, North Carolinians throw away enough trash to fill dumpsters lining the entire North Carolina coastline.
  • The amount of trash North Carolinians throw away in 3.5 hours would fill dumpsters that reach as high as Mt. Mitchell. That’s 6,684 feet!
  • With the amount of trash North Carolinians throw away, we would fill enough dumpsters to line the length of N.C.’s Interstate 40 more than six times in one year. That’s almost 2,750 miles of dumpsters each year.
  • Every 55 days, North Carolinians throw away enough trash to fill dumpsters lining the entire route of I-40 in North Carolina. That’s 420 miles.
  • The state picked up more than 10 million pounds of litter in 2007. That is more than one pound of litter for each of the state’s 8.86 million citizens.
    Sources: Source: re3.org, NC DWMNC DOTRBAC and NC DPPEA