In 2015, food was the largest component added to landfills at about 22 percent. In 2015, The total generation of municipal solid waste was 262.4 million tons, approximately 3.5 million tons more than the amount generated in 2014. The number of landfills in the US is decreasing while their size is increasing. In 2017, landfills in the United States received 18.4 million tons of MSW (Municipal Solid Waste) paper and paperboard. Recycling two aluminum cans saves enough energy to power a computer for one workday. Experts estimate that U.S. consumers throw away 400 million used pieces of electronic equipment every year. Recycling one ton of paper can save 7,000 gallons of water. Recycling and composting reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Every year over 100,000 marine animals are killed by consuming or becoming tangled in plastic bags. Recycling helps conserve the Earth’s limited natural resources. 1 2 3 4 Next » Please feel free to share your thoughts about recycling in the comments.