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Breakdown of landfilled municipal solid waste materials in the U.S. 2018, by type

Distribution of municipal solid waste (MSW) landfilled in the United States in 2018, by material*

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Release date

January 2021


United States

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Based on 146 million tons of landfilled waste

Supplementary notes

* Landfilling after recycling, composting, other food management pathways and combustion with energy recovery. Does not include construction & demolition debris, industrial process wastes or certain other wastes. Details may not add to totals due to rounding.
** Includes electrolytes in batteries and fluff pulp, feces and urine in disposable diapers.
*** Miscellaneous inorganic wastes in municipal solid waste (MSW) in this analysis includes soil, bits of concrete, and stones.

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