Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) in the United States: 2011 Facts and Figures

Source: United States Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Solid Waste, EPA530-R-13-001, May 2013

From the summary:
The MSW Characterization report provides the most recent available data on annual US waste generation, recycling, and disposal, as well as the benefits of recycling.

The full report, which is released every two years, contains data on:
– MSW generation, recovery, and disposal from 1960 to 2011;
– Per capita generation and discard rates;
– Source reduction (waste prevention);
– Materials and products that are in the waste stream;
– Aggregate data on the infrastructure for MSW management, including estimates of the number of curbside recycling programs, composting programs, and landfills in the US; and
– Trends in MSW management from 1960 to 2011, including source reduction, recycling and composting, and disposal via combustion and landfilling.