The average American office worker uses about 500 disposable cups every year. Every year, Americans throw away enough paper and plastic cups, forks, and spoons to circle the equator 300 times. Seattle, Washington, Portland, Oregon, Westchester NY, Berkeley, and Malibu California have all banned Styrofoam foodware. (…)
After Ireland created a 15-cent charge per plastic bag in 2002, bag consumption dropped by 90 percent. In 2008, the average person in Ireland used 27 plastic bags, while the average person in Britain used 220. The program has raised millions of euros in revenue. (…) Every year, Americans use approximately 1 billion shopping bags, creating 300,000 tons of landfill waste. Less than 1 percent of plastic bags are recycled each year. Recycling one ton of plastic bags costs $4,000. The recycled product can be sold for $32. (…)
The average American employee consumes 2.5 cans of soda each day at work. The beverage industry used 46 percent less packaging in 2006 than in 1990, even with a 24 percent increase in beverage sales in that time.
After reading the text, think of the questions below and write an answer to ONE of them (5-10 sentences):
1. Find some good / positive information in the text. Why do you think it is good?
2. Try to find some “waste and recycling facts” about Japan (you can use Japanese websites). What were the most interesting facts that you found?
3. How many plastic bags per day / year do you use? What do you use them for? How many times do you use same bag?