Americans are generally known for their wasteful ways. Getting “super-sized” fast food, 40oz beers, and Full Tilt boots are all examples of such wastefulness but it appears that one ski town is taking American gluttony to a whole new level.
According to the Aspen Daily News, the typical Aspen resident is twice as wasteful as their average American counterparts. In a single day, an Aspen resident is likely to dispose of up to 9 pounds of waste!
The average American disposes of 4.5 pounds of trash a day.
The study, which was completed by Weaver Consultant Group and LBA Associates, hoped to secure some viable solutions for waste management in Pitkin County that would subsequently protect natural resources and the surrounding environment. In an interview with the Aspen Daily, Aspen’s senior environmental health specialist, Liz O’Connell told one reporter, “When all waste gets buried in the landfill, it’s a lost opportunity to conserve resources and shortens the estimated 15 years left before the landfill is full.”
A City Hall meeting is currently planned for February 3rd from 12-1. The meeting will take place in the Sister Cities room of City Hall and the public is welcome to attend. Until then, we recommend Aspen residents refill water bottles, recycle beer cans, and compost those hundreds of thousands of pizza boxes from the month of January.
Find the entire Aspen Daily News article here: Aspen-area resident trash output double national average