EPA Says Waste Generation Declined in 2000

Washington, D.C. -- According to a recently released study conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans generated nearly the same amount of municipal solid waste (MSW) in 2000 as in 1999, but per capita waste generation declined.

Specifically, in EPA's "Municipal Solid Waste in the United States" report states that Americans generated 231.9 million tons of MSW in 2000, an increase of about 900,000 tons, or an increase of less than 0.4 percent. However, daily waste generation per person decreased by approximatel 2.8 percent, from 4.64 pounds in 1999 to 4.51 pounds in 2000.

The stagnant economy may be the reason for the decline, according to the report. To view the report, visit www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/muncpl/msw99.htm.