In 2017 the EPA recorded 267.8 million tons of municipal solid waste. This means approximately 4.51 pounds of waste is created per day per person. Of the 267.8 million tons of waste created over half was landfilled. Although landfills have improved over the years, they are still not the most ideal way of disposing of trash. Landfills have the potential of leaking chemicals from the waste into our soil and drinking water. They also produce high amounts of methane which is a dangerous greenhouse gas. You can help to lower the amount of waste in a landfill by utilizing the 3 R’s and composting.