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How to Stop Humans From Filling the World With Trash

by Bill Hayes

In How to Stop Humans From Filling the World With Trash, the Atlantic looks at how we can produce less trash.

The average American produces about 130 pounds of trash a month, and an article in the journal Nature estimates that global solid-waste generation will triple, to 11 million tons a day, by 2100. Meanwhile, we’re running out of space for landfills, especially in Japan and Europe. Here, drawn from interviews with scientists, environmentalists, and sanitation experts, are ideas for how to tackle this looming problem.

One way to get people to produce less garbage is to charge them for it. [more]