What is municipal solid waste?
Municipal solid waste (MSW) is commonly known as trash or rubbish. It's a waste type consisting of everyday items that are discarded by the public. It doesn't include industrial waste. MSW is processed in two different ways: either it is sent to a landfill and dumped, or it is used to generate energy.
Where does it come from?
Municipal solid waste is everywhere. Each and every American produces an average of 4.5 pounds of trash everyday. After multiplying this by the 300 million people living in the USA, we calculate that everyday, the US produces 1.35 billion pounds of trash every day. Let that number sink in. 1.35 billion pounds of waste every day. That's equivalent to 4,837 Titanics (the large cruise ship) every year. In short, we ourselves produce this pollutant every single day in massive quantities. The cause of this epidemic is simple: we as a culture have transitioned from the use and reuse ideology of old and in this age of cheap, mass produced goods, we have learned to use and dump. What causes the pollution?