Landfill Statistics

Landfill Statistics Data
Percentage of the solid garbage that gets recycled in U.S. 10%
Percent of all landfill waste that is some type of packaging 33%
Percentage of surveyed landfill cells that had leaks 82%
Distribution of Landfill Waste Material Percentage
Paper & paperboard 27.4%
Glass 4.6%
Metals 8.9%
Plastics 12.7%
Rubber, leather & textiles 8.7%
Wood 6.3%
Yard trimmings 13.5%
Food waste 14.5%
Other 3.4%
US Landfill Statistics Data in 1990 Data in 2015
Number of open Landfills 7,924 1,654
MSW(Municiple Solid Waste) Generation (Millions of Tons) 205.2 245.7
Recovered for recycling (Millions of Tons) 29.0 58.4
Recovered for composting (Millions of Tons) 4.2 20.6
Total Materials Recovery (Millions of Tons) 33.2 79.0
Combustion with Energy Recovery (Millions of Tons) 29.7 33.4
Discards to landfill, other disposal (tonnage) 142.3 133.3
Discards to landfill, other disposal (percentage) 69.3% 54.3%
Discards to landfill, other disposal, per pound, per person, per day (Millions of Tons) 3.12 2.46
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Statistic Sources & References
Sources: EPA, Postal Commerce, Think Outside The Bin
Content Author: Statistic Brain

Date research was conducted: June 27, 2016

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