Despite widespread recycling, landfills are still used to store waste
Landfills are areas that hold waste and items that can’t be recycled. They are everywhere! In 1960, Americans generated 2.68 pounds of garbage per day; by 2017, it had grown to an average of 4.51 pounds. And while many Americans dutifully put items into their recycling bins, much of it does not actually end up being recycled.