Trends Trashonomics: The Garbage Economy Read the Article Open Share Drawer Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window) Written by Shane Snow Published Sep 20, 2010 1 min read Advertising Disclosure The views expressed on this blog are those of the bloggers, and not necessarily those of Intuit. Third-party blogger may have received compensation for their time and services. Click here to read full disclosure on third-party bloggers. This blog does not provide legal, financial, accounting or tax advice. The content on this blog is "as is" and carries no warranties. Intuit does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy, reliability, and completeness of the content on this blog. After 20 days, comments are closed on posts. Intuit may, but has no obligation to, monitor comments. Comments that include profanity or abusive language will not be posted. Click here to read full Terms of Service. Save more, spend smarter, and make your money go further Sign up for Free Garbage: it’s dirty, smelly and pretty disgusting. But someone’s got to take care of the 250 million tons of it that Americans produce each year, at a cost of billions of dollars to collect, dispose and recycle. And speaking of recycling, we are doing far from an excellent job at it, recycling only 24% of our waste, when we could be recycling more than three times as much. For those and other interesting facts about garbage production, collection and disposal in the United States, see our infographic. You may reconsider throwing that plastic water bottle in the trash – or buying it in the first place. Shane Snow runs the online printing site, PrintingChoice, and draws infographics for the CreditLoan.com network. Save more, spend smarter, and make your money go further Sign up for Free Written by Shane Snow More from Shane Snow Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ Browse Related Articles Trends Pooponomics: The Economy of Human Waste Minimalist Lifestyle Get Paid to Recycle While Saving the Earth and Your Wal… Trends Our Best Financial Infographics of 2009 Trends Where Is The Oil? Trends Millennials: The True Cost of a Pumpkin Spice Latte (In… Trends O, Pizza! The Economics of This Italian-American Favori… Trends Falling Short: How Far Are States’ Budgets In The… Trends 11 Gadgets That Will Cost Less In 2011 Trends Mint Data Shows Where the Gas Money Goes Trends Where Are All Those Canadian Dollars Going?