Has the amount of trash increased?

trash-clipart-trashcan_Clip_ArtGrade level: 3rd – 5th grades

Skills: Line graph

Related environmental issues: Reduce, reuse & recycle

Area level: National

Screen Shot 2015-11-09 at 12.29.56 PMThe line graph shows the amount of trash generated in the United States between 1960 and 2013.

1.Has the amount of trash increased since 1960?

2.In which year did the United States generated about 125 million tons of trash?

3.How many more times did the United States generate trash in 2005 than in 1965?

a.2.5 times   b.   25 times   c.   250 times

4.About how much did trash generation increase between 1985 and 1990?

a.10 million tons   b. 50 million tons   c. 100 million tons

Source: US EPA


Answer keys

  1. Yes
  2. 1975
  3. a
  4. b