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Landfills located near lower socioeconomic communities

The location of landfills is often associated with low-income communities and communities of color, also affecting household income and home values. Proximity to landfills can directly impact asthma rates and cancer rates due to higher levels of industrial chemicals, degraded water quality, and more.
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People Impacted
$ 1.8T
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Global product streams and vast amounts of waste have a direct impact on environmental degradation, community health and equity. In the United States, although we are responsible for only 4 percent of global production, we generate 30 percent of the planet’s waste. Individually, Americans toss 1,650 pounds of garbage per person per year, averaging 4.6 pounds per person per day.

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