Claim: Each day, every person in the United States generates 4.3 pounds of garbage or waste.
Question: How many pounds of garbage does an American generate in a year? In their lifetime?
Investigation: How does this amount of daily waste compare to people living in other countries? Which country generates the most waste (pounds per person)? The least waste?
Concern: What is done with all of this garbage or waste?
Source: Matthew Power's "Unbridled Rubbish," Discover (September 2005, p. 76)