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Facts and Figures about Materials, Waste and Recycling

Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures Report

Each year EPA releases the Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures Fact Sheet, formerly called Municipal Solid Waste in the United States: Facts and Figures. It includes information on Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) generation, recycling, composting, other food management, combustion with energy recovery and landfilling. The 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018 fact sheets also include information on construction and demolition debris, which is outside of the scope of MSW. Data are in U.S. short tons unless specified.

EPA also released the 2018 Wasted Food Report.

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