How much solid waste is produced in the US per year?

How much solid waste is produced in the US per year?

These Facts and Figures are current through calendar year 2018. The total generation of municipal solid waste (MSW) in 2018 was 292.4 million tons (U.S. short tons, unless specified) or 4.9 pounds per person per day. Of the MSW generated, approximately 69 million tons were recycled and 25 million tons were composted.

How many tons of waste do humans produce each year?

The U.S. is the king of trash, producing a world-leading 250 million tons a year—roughly 4.4 pounds of trash per person per day.

How many tons of waste did the US generate in 2017?

Characteristic Waste generation in thousand tons
2018 35,680
2017 35,370
2016 34,870
2015 34,480

How much food is wasted every day?

Each day in the United States approximately one pound of food per person is wasted. This equates to 103 million tons (81.4 billion pounds) of food waste generated in America in 2017, or between 30-40 percent of the food supply, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

How much food is wasted every year?

Each year, 108 billion pounds of food is wasted in the United States. That equates to more than $161 billion worth of food thrown away each year. Shockingly, nearly 40% of all food in America is wasted.

How many tons of solid waste are produced each day?

The total generation of municipal solid waste (MSW) in 2018 was 292.4 million tons (U.S. short tons, unless specified) or 4.9 pounds per person per day. Of the MSW generated, approximately 69 million tons were recycled and 25 million tons were composted.

What does the EPA report on solid waste?

Each year EPA produces a report called Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures 2013, formerly called Municipal Solid Waste in the United States: Facts and Figures. It includes information on MSW generation, recycling, and disposal.

What is the recycling rate in the United States?

In the United States in 2018, 292.4 million tons (U.S. short tons unless specified) of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) (trash) were generated. About 94 million tons of MSW were recycled and composted, resulting in a 32.1 percent recycling rate.

How many tons of food waste are composted each year?

The total MSW composted was 25 million tons. This included approximately 22.3 million tons of yard trimmings (more than a five-fold increase since 1990) and 2.6 million tons of food waste (4.1 percent of generation of wasted food). Other methods of food management were estimated for the first time in 2018.

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