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Facts and Figures about Materials, Waste and Recycling

Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures

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National Key Facts and Figures in the United States

Each year, EPA produces a report called Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Fact Sheet, formerly called Municipal Solid Waste in the United States: Facts and Figures. It includes information on municipal solid waste (MSW) generation, recycling, combustion with energy recovery and landfilling. The fact sheet also includes information on Construction and Demolition Debris generation, which is outside of the scope of MSW.

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U.S. State and Local Waste and Materials Characterization Reports

EPA maintains a list of state and local waste characterization studies; reports are not available for all states. You can search for your state in the table below.

For additions, changes or updates, please send new reports to Most reports exit EPA’s website.The following links exit the site Exit

State Reports
Alabama Alabama: Economic Impact of Recycling in Alabama and Opportunities for Growth (2012) (PDF)(16 pp, 309 K, About PDF)
Alaska Alaska: Fairbanks North Star Borough Recycling Plan & Analysis, June 12, 2015 (16 pp, 1.1 MB, About PDF)
Arizona Arizona: City of Phoenix Waste Characterization Study (2015)(196 pp, 9.5 MB, About PDF)
Arkansas State of Recycling in Arkansas
California Cal Recycle Waste Characterization Studies Listing

2018 Colorado Waste Composition Study (5 pp, 37.7 KB, About PDF)

Colorado: Boulder County Waste Composition Study (2019) (PDF) (62 pp, 3.8 MB, About PDF)

Colorado: Larimer County 2016 Waste Composition and Characterization Analysis (PDF)(58 pp, 6.0 MB, About PDF)


Connecticut: 2015 Statewide Waste Characterization Study (PDF) (160 pp, 3.81 MB, About PDF)

Delaware Delaware Solid Waste Authority Statewide Waste Characterization Study, FY 2016 (PDF)(68 pp, 1.45 MB, About PDF)
District of Columbia Washington, DC Public Reports on Recycling
Florida Florida Solid Waste and Recycling Annual Reporting
Georgia Georgia Statewide Waste Characterization Study (2005) (PDF) (216 pp, 4.45 MB, About PDF)
Hawaii Hawaii: City and County of Honolulu Waste Characterization Study (2006) (PDF)(58 pp, 227 K, About PDF)
Idaho No Report Available

Illinois: Chicago Department of Environment Waste Characterization Study (2010) (PDF)(340 pp, 3.21 MB, About PDF)

Illinois: Commodity/Waste Generation and Characterization Study (2015) (PDF)(323 pp, 9.3 MB, About PDF)

Indiana Indiana's new waste characterization study (2012) (PDF)(165 pp, 5.78 MB, About PDF)
Iowa Iowa: Statewide Waste Characterization Study (2017) (PDF)(118 pp, 1.5 MB, About PDF)
Kansas Kansas: 2016 StateSolid WasteManagement Plan (PDF)(40 pp, 2.0 MB, About PDF)

Kentucky: Division of Waste Management Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Report(64 pp, 4.1 MB, About PDF)

Kentucky: Louisville Solid Waste Study Report January 2018 

Louisiana No Report Available

Maine: Residential Waste Characterization Study (2011) (PDF) (30 pp, 463 K, About PDF)

Maine Solid Waste Generation andDisposal Capacity Report:  Calendar Year 2014 (32 pp, 483 K, About PDF)

Maryland Maryland Solid Waste Management and Diversion Report - 2017 (for 2016 Data) (PDF)(83 pp, 2.98 MB, About PDF)

Massachusetts: Waste Characterization Data Summary (2011)

Recycling & Solid Waste Data for Massachusetts Cities & Towns

Michigan Michigan: Economic Impact Potential and Characterization of Municipal Solid Waste in Michigan(202 pp, 3.9 MB, About PDF)

Minnesota: City of Red Wing Solid Waste Composition Study: Solid Waste Boiler Facility (2009) (PDF) (61 pp, 5.32 MB, About PDF)

Minnesota: Perham Resource Recovery Facility: Solid Waste Composition Study (2012) (PDF) (62 pp, 4.5 Mv, About PDF)

Minnesota: Solid Waste Composition Study: Covanta Hennepin Energy Resource Company (2012) (PDF) (27 pp, 685 Kb Mb, About PDF)

Minnesota Statewide Waste Characterization Study (2013) (PDF) (59 pp, 1.66 Mb, About PDF)

Broader Information on the Minnesota MSW Composition Study

Mississippi Mississippi: Status Report on Solid Waste Management Facilities and Activities (2017) (PDF)(66 pp, 13.8 MB, About PDF)
Missouri Missouri: 2016-2017 Waste Composition Study

Montana: 2018 Integrated Waste Management Plan(37 pp, 942 K, About PDF)

Montana: Recycling Statistics

Nebraska Nebraska: State Waste Characterization Study (2009) (PDF)(2175 pp, 6.41 MB, About PDF)
Nevada State of Nevada Solid Waste Management Plan 2017 (50 pp, 953 K, About PDF)
New Hampshire Biennial Solid Waste Report, October 2019 (23 pp, 509 K, About PDF)
New Jersey No Report Available
New Mexico Solid Waste Management Plan (2015)(34 pp, 1.5 MB, About PDF)
New York

State Solid Waste Management Plan (2010)

New York: NYC Residential, School, and NYCHA Waste Characterization Study (PDF)(68 pp, 11.1 MB, About PDF)

North Carolina

North Carolina: Solid Waste Management Annual Reports

North Carolina: Orange County Waste Composition Study (2017)

North Dakota No Report Available

Ohio: Economic Impact Potential of Recycling in Ohio, 2019 (76 pp, 4.3 MB, About PDF)

Ohio: Hamilton County Waste Composition Study, 2018

Ohio Waste Characterization Study (2004) (PDF)(319 pp, 1.64 MB, About PDF)

Oklahoma Oklahoma: Annual Solid Waste Tonnage Report (2019)(2 pp, 93 K, About PDF)
Oregon Oregon: Recycling Characterization and Composition Study 2016/2017

Pennsylvania: 2016 County Recycled Materials Report (PDF)(17 pp, 816 K, About PDF)

Pennsylvania: Statewide Waste Composition Study (2003) (PDF) (175 pp, 2.81 MB, About PDF)

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Solid Waste Characterization Study (PDF)(58 pp, 2.05 MB, About PDF)

South Carolina

South Carolina Solid Waste Management 2019 Report (PDF)(102 pp, 4.72 MB, About PDF)

The Economic Impact of the Recycling Industry in South Carolina (PDF)(12 pp, 1.13 MB, About PDF)

South Dakota State of South Dakota Recycling/Diversion Report 2011 (17 pp, 673 K, About PDF)

Tennessee: Waste Characterization Study (2008)

Tennessee: Analysis of Tennessee’s Household Generated Waste (2015)(23 pp, 1.0 MB, About PDF)

Texas Annual Summary of Municipal Solid Waste Management in Texas
Utah No Report Available

Vermont Waste Characterization (2018) (PDF)(53 pp, 1.31 MB, About PDF)

Vermont: Waste Composition Study (2013) (PDF)(44 pp, 1.47 MB, About PDF)

Virginia Virginia Annual Recycling Summary Report 2018 (coming soon)

Washington Seattle Waste Composition Studies

Washington: Statewide Waste Characterization Study (2015-2016) (PDF)(157 pp, 2.3 MB About PDF)

Washington: Statewide Waste Characterization Study (2015-2016) (PDF)(157 pp, 2.3 MB About PDF)

Washington: Thurston County Waste Composition Study (2013-2014) (PDF)(145 pp, 1.4 MB About PDF)

Washington: Seattle Public Utilities Waste Composition Studies

Washington: King County Residentual Curbside Characterization, October 2018 (PDF)(89 pp, 1.3 MB About PDF)

West Virginia West Virginia Solid Waste Management Plan 2019 (PDF)(212 pp, 5.43 MB, About PDF)

Wisconsin: State-wide Waste Characterization Study (2009) (PDF)(112 pp, 220 MB About PDF)

Wisconsin: Statewide Waste Characterization Study (2003) (PDF)(114 pp, 738 K About PDF)

Wisconsin: Waste Characterization and Management Study Update (2002) (PDF)(47 pp, 182 K About PDF)

Wyoming Wyoming Solid Waste Diversion Study, January 3, 2013(179 pp, 4.3 MB About PDF)
International Reports Canada - Metro Vancouver 2015 Waste Composition Monitoring Program (PDF)(71 pp, 8.2 MB About PDF)

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