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Highlights from the EPA's Annual MSW Report

David Bodamer

March 5, 2014

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its annual report on municipal solid waste generation earlier this week. Here Waste360 takes a look at some of the key charts and tables from the report.

According to the report, The U.S. recycling rate fell 0.2 percent in 2012 from the previous year. The rate slipped to 34.5 percent compared with 34.7 percent in 2011, according to the Washington-based agency’s annual study.

Americans generated about 251 million tons of waste and recycled and composted nearly 87 million tons. In 2011 the recycling volume was the same and generation was about 250 million tons.

In 2012 Americans generated 4.38 pounds of waste per day and recycled and composted about 1.51 pounds.

More than 65 million tons was recycled and more than 21 million composted. Combusting waste for energy amounted to 29 million tons.

About the Author(s)

David Bodamer

Executive Director, Content & User Engagement, Waste360

David Bodamer is Executive Director of Content & User Engagement for Waste360 and NREI. Bodamer joined Waste360 in January 2014. He has been with NREI since September 2011 and has been covering the commercial real estate sector since 1999 for Retail Traffic, Commercial Property News and Shopping Centers Today. He also previously worked for Civil Engineering magazine. His writings on real estate have also appeared in REP. and the Wall Street Journal’s online real estate news site. He has won multiple awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors and is a past finalist for a Jesse H. Neal Award. 

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