May 15, 2013
I'm waiting for my daughter to finish her music lesson at School of Rock. One practice room has a group of kids working through a Led Zeppelin cover, and another has a rendition of Katy Perry's 'Firework' blaring. When class is over, kids of all shapes and sizes exit with their high priced instruments, and skinny jeans. While his may seem more like playtime than music lessons, I can assure you, it is quite fun to hear a Coldplay song come off your kids guitar strings; this place is for real. The instructors are top notch musicians who really motivate the kids to learn how to play. Using familiar music is a benefit, as these kids produce shows with new songs every few months. I scan the waiting room to see what the parents are like. There are at least five moms, all furiously involved with something electronic: a laptop, iPad, or smartphone. There are two dads, both have snoozed into their seats, while a song by Pink Floyd floats overhead. Oddly there are no discussions for me to eavesdrop on, so in lieu of striking up a conversation, I think I'll answer some email too.
TRASH / LANDFILLS
According to numerous websites, the following is true:
About one-third of an average dump is made up of packaging material.
New Jersey has the highest recycling rate of all the states: 56%.
The U.S. is the number-one trash-producing country in the world at an average 1,609 pounds per person per year. This means that 5% of the world's people generate 40% of the world's waste.
The highest point in Ohio is "Mount Rumpke," which is actually a mountain of trash at the Rumpke sanitary landfill.
Each year, the U.S. population discards:16 bil- lion diapers, 1 billion pens, 2 billion razor blades, 220 million car tires, and enough alumi- num to rebuild the U.S. commercial air fleet four times over.
Speaking of diapers, a cloth diaper washed at home costs 3¢ per use. A disposable diaper costs 22¢ per use. The difference can add up: a typical baby will use about 10,000 diapers.
Between 5 and 15% of what we throw away contains hazardous substances.
Out of every $10 spent buying things, $1 goes for packaging that is thrown away.
Packaging represents about 65% of household trash
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