EPA Factoid: 2010 Recovery of Municipal Solid Waste

January 18, 2012

In 2010, Americans recovered almost 65 million tons of MSW (excluding composting) through recycling. Composting recovered over 20 million tons of waste. We combusted about 29 million tons for energy recovery (about 12 percent). Subtracting out what we recycled and composted, we combusted (with energy recovery) or discarded 2.9 pounds per person per day.


Source: US Environmental Protection Agency