What percentages did food waste make up of the waste discarded in the United States?

Grade level:  5th grade

Skills: Converting percents to fractions and decimals & circle graphs

Related environmental issues: Waste generation

The circle graph below shows the breakdown of waste generated in our country in 2014.

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  1. What percentages did food waste make up of the waste discarded in the United States?
  2. Convert each portion to decimals and fractions. Write fractions in simplest form.screen-shot-2017-02-01-at-6-47-56-pm

Sources: EPA, 2017

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Answer keys

  1. 16%
  2. screen-shot-2017-02-01-at-6-53-02-pm

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