Environment Recycling & Waste The Shocking Stats Behind Back-To-School Waste (Infographic) By Melissa Breyer Editorial Director Hunter College F.I.T., State University of New York Cornell University Melissa Breyer is Treehugger’s editorial director. She is a sustainability expert and author whose work has been published by the New York Times and National Geographic, among others. our editorial process Melissa Breyer Updated October 11, 2018 ©. Ethical Ocean Share Twitter Pinterest Email Environment Plastics Zero Waste © Ethical Ocean With 55.5 million children, from elementary to high school, enrolled last year, can you imagine the tremendous, vast, astounding amount of waste created? The eye-opening infographic below, courtesy of Ethical Ocean, spells (and pictures) it out pretty clearly. © Ethical OceanWhile we obviously can't keep our kids from going to school, we can make better choices about the waste they generate in the process. (Hint: See 9 Eco-Savvy School Supplies for Teens and Tots.) Thanks to Ethical Ocean for sharing!