If you were to sort through a typical landfill here is what you would find: 41 percent of your trash would be unrecycled paper. 17.9 percent of the stuff is yard clippings with which you could make a fine mulch. 7.9 percent of the trash is uneaten food. 6.5 percent of it is plastic that almost never disintegrates. 8.7 percent is metal – primarily aluminum and steel. Wear thick gloves, another 8.7 percent of your trash is glass. 9.3 percent is rubber, leather, clothing, wood and other trash.