What’s in our trash bag?

UnknownGrade level: 4 – 5th grades

Skills: Circle graph

Related environmental issues: Reduce, reuse & recycle

Area level: National

Screen Shot 2015-11-09 at 11.29.29 AMThe circle graph shows components of trash generated in the United States.

  1. What type of trash occupies more than a quarter of the trash generated in the United States?

  2. Fill in an ordinal number.  Plastics are the ________ largest trash generated in the United States.
  3. Organic waste can be turned into a rich soil amendment once recycled through composting. Food, yard trimmings, and wood are organic waste. How many percentages of organic waste does the United States have?

Source: US EPA

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Answer keys

  1. Paper
  2. fourth
  3. 34.3% (14.6+13.5+6.2)