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How Trash Are You Really?

We know you are trash - but take this quiz to find out more!!

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  1. How many types of litter are there?

    One Type: Land
    Two Types: Land and Marine
    Three Types: Land, Marine, and Air
    One Type: The Litterbug
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Yes, there are three types, Land, Marine, and Air.

    The Litterbug is catchy though! "Pollution." National Geographic. http://nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/pollution/.

  2. What can land litter cause?

    Hmm, don't want all this trash laying around.

    Hmm, don't want all this trash laying around.

    It doesn't and cannot affect the environment
    Land litter can start fires, harm or kill animals, and attract rats and harmful bacteria
    Land Litter helps prevent deforestation!
    Land Litter provides shelter and moral support to our fish
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Yep, litter causes many things such as starting fires and harming or killing animals. "How Does Littering Affect the Environment?" Seattlepi. Accessed December 7, 2016. http://education.seattlepi.com/littering-affect-environment-6802.html.

  3. What can marine litter cause?

    How is marine life supposed to live with this?

    How is marine life supposed to live with this?

    Birds or other animals become entangled in the plastic, and it can cause them to die
    Animals get sick or die from swallowing trash
    If metal scraps or glass are found on shore, it can cut the flesh of birds or other animals
    All of the above
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The effects of marine litter are so surprising, right?

    Marine Litter ends up affecting the animals nearby in so many ways. "Marine Debris: A Legacy of Litter." National Geographic. http://nationalgeographic.org/activity/ marine-debris-a-legacy-of-litter/.

  4. What is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?

    A picture of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (Yikes!)

    A picture of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (Yikes!)

    An accumulation of plastic, fishing lines, and land debris that spans for hundreds of miles in the Pacific Ocean
    A landfill where all the trash in the world is dumped.
    It is jamboree for trash where they dance and have a good time, as per usual.
    Only the best band ever - Duh!
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Good Job!

    Bad part: No one really knows how much debris makes up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch - not all trash floats to the surface, a lot sinks making it hard to measure. "Great Pacific Garbage Patch." National Geographic. http://nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/ great-pacific-garbage-patch/.

  5. How many pounds of garbage are in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?

    Another picture of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (Double Yikes!)

    Another picture of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (Double Yikes!)

    More than 2 pounds
    1 million pounds
    5 million pounds
    Billions of pounds
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Billions! Crazy Right!

    If you answered “More than 2”- you’re not wrong though. "Great Pacific Garbage Patch." National Geographic. http://nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/ great-pacific-garbage-patch/.

  6. What is the average amount of trash thrown out in a day by each person?

    1 pound
    2.7 pounds
    4.6 pounds
    10 pounds
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    4.6 pounds may not sound like a lot, but it adds up.

    We throw out more than 1,650 pounds of garbage every year. Fun Fact: In 1960, the average amount of trash thrown away by each person was 2.7 pounds. "The Problems With Waste." Accessed December 7, 2016. http://www.toxicsaction.org/ problems-and-solutions/waste.

  7. How long does it take for these common types of trash to break down?

    Looks like someone forgot it was Trash Day for the past couple weeks!

    Looks like someone forgot it was Trash Day for the past couple weeks!

    Plastic bag: 15 years
    Tin can: 100 years
    Plastic bottle: 450 years
    Glass bottle: 500 years
    Styrofoam: Never
    All of the Above are Correct
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Yes, All of the Above!

    It's crazy to think about how long it takes for some objects that we use everyday can take so long to decompose! That's why it's good to think before throwing away something we might usually discard easily. "Pollution." National Geographic. http://nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/pollution/.

  8. How much plastic is in our waste?

    Dang, someone's thirsty!

    Dang, someone's thirsty!

    10%
    20%
    30%
    40%
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    40% of our trash has plastic in it.

    Plastic affects the environment in many ways. Plastic absorb pollutants from their surrounding environment, and it is made from the harmful fossil fuel petrochemical. "The Problems With Waste." Accessed December 7, 2016. http://www.toxicsaction.org/ problems-and-solutions/waste.

  9. What harmful fossil fuel is in plastic?

    media1.britannica.com
    Coal
    Carbon Dioxide
    Petrochemical
    Are dinosaur bones considered fossil fuels?
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Nice! Petrochemicals are a chemical obtained from petroleum and natural gas.

    Fun Fact: Plastic never degrades and it continues to split into smaller pieces. Side Note: You’re actually trash if you chose the last answer. Lytle, Claire Le Guern. "When the Mermaids Cry: The Great Plastic Tide." Plastic-Pollution. Last modified April 2016. http://plastic-pollution.org/.

How Trash Are You Really?

Well, you're actually trash!

But that's ok! We're all here to learn, and hopefully you now learned a thing or two about how waste affects our environment. Nothing will happen unless YOU do something about it!

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You're somewhat trash!

Not bad! Looks like you know a bit about what affects the environment. As you proceed to learn more, you can continue to make lasting change!

You're somewhat trash!
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You're not that trash at all!

Wowza! You really know a whole lot about what affects our environment today! Keep up the good work, and you can definitely make positive change to the world.

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