When talking about the scales of trash, it is good to get an idea of why trash is a problem anyway. The amount of trash being generated gives a good idea resources being used to create the things we throw away, and the amount of resources we need to keep the trash "away" from us. In that light, here are some graphs and a table from EPA's Municipal Solid Waste website. I have referred to the 2008 report. Click on the graphics to enlarge them. Ready to throw up?
We don't lose what we share or give away.