Weight of U.S. municipal solid plastic waste generated 1960-2017

The amount of plastic waste generated in U.S. municipal solid waste has increased dramatically over the last few decades. In 1970, there were 2.9 million short tons of plastic waste generated, in comparison to 35.4 million short tons of plastic waste in 2017.

Volume of plastic generated in municipal solid waste in the U.S. from 1960 to 2017

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Release date

2020

Region

United States

Survey time period

1960 to 2017

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