We have seen our fair share of viral challenges in recent years. They often involve something that is moronic, to say the least, and they even border on the dangerous and sometimes cross way over the line. Those types of viral challenges are often represented with Hashtags and when you see one coming your way, you often wonder where it is going to end. Then again, there are occasions in which these viral challenges win the Internet and this is one of those instances.
Did you realize that more than 1.3 billion tons of household waste is generated but only about one-quarter of it ends up in the dump sites? Millions of tons go right into the ocean and 80% come from waste from the mainland. That is where the hashtag #trashtag comes in. It is a viral challenge that asks people to send a before and after picture of an area that they cleaned up.
The hashtag gained a lot of attention on social media after was posted to a Reddit account. Someone posted a screenshot after they completed the challenge with the caption: “Here is a new #challenge for all you bored teens. Take a photo of an area that needs some cleaning or maintenance then take a photo after you have done something about it, and post it here.” It got a lot of people involved, as you can see below.
Sometimes the trash goes into the dump sites but then it gets out into the world in other ways. It can release toxins as it decomposes or harmful chemicals that can spread into the air and the water.
Every individual on the face of the planet generates an average of 0.74 kg of waste daily. High-income countries tend to generate much more of the world waste, even though they account for a very small portion of the world’s population.
Americans like to supersize and that also includes the waste they produce. They are only 5% of the population of the world but they generate about 40% of the waste.
Every area of the planet seems to be filled with waste but Antarctica is the only place where you can almost escape the issue. The Antarctic Treaty prohibits military activity, mining, nuclear explosions, and nuclear waste disposal.
Landfills are where trash is designated to go and so much waste is thrown into them that it gets densely packed. A lot of methane gas is produced during the degradation process that impacts the atmosphere.
Most people would think about plastic packaging but food is also a major waste. Approximately one-third of the food produced for human consumption ends up wasted.
14 billion pounds of garbage is dumped into the ocean annually. This has led to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is twice the size of the United States
Did you ever wonder what happened to your old technology, such as your flip phone? It probably ended up with the other 140 million cell phones thrown into landfills annually by Americans.