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Landfill Waste Statistics

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Percentage of the solid garbage that gets recycled in U.S.10%
Percent of all landfill waste that is some type of packaging33%
Percentage of surveyed landfill cells that had leaks82%
Distribution of Landfill Waste MaterialPercentage
Paper & paperboard27.4%
Glass4.6%
Metals8.9%
Plastics12.7%
Rubber, leather & textiles8.7%
Wood6.3%
Yard trimmings13.5%
Food waste14.5%
Other3.4%
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US Landfill Statistics Data in 1990Data in 2015
Number of open Landfills7,9241,654
MSW(Municiple Solid Waste) Generation (Millions of Tons)205.2245.7
Recovered for recycling (Millions of Tons)29.058.4
Recovered for composting (Millions of Tons)4.220.6
Total Materials Recovery (Millions of Tons)33.279.0
Combustion with Energy Recovery (Millions of Tons)29.733.4
Discards to landfill, other disposal (tonnage)142.3133.3
Discards to landfill, other disposal (percentage)69.3%54.3%
Discards to landfill, other disposal, per pound, per person, per day (Millions of Tons)3.122.46
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Statistic Sources & References
Sources: EPA, Postal Commerce, Think Outside The Bin
Content Author: Statistic Brain

Date research was conducted: September 4, 2017

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