Recovery of municipal solid waste: selected materials U.S. 1960-2017

The statistic shows the amount of selected materials recovered from municipal solid waste streams in the United States between 1960 and 2017. Approximately 8,330 tons of metals were recycled from municipal solid waste in 2017. Recovery refers to the recovery of postconsumer waste streams.

Selected materials recovered from products in the U.S. municipal solid waste stream between 1960 and 2017, by material

Paper and paperboardGlassMetalsPlastics*Rubber and leatherTextilesWood*Other materials*
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Release date

November 2019


United States

Survey time period

1960 to 2017

Supplementary notes

According to the source, figures do not include converting/fabrication of scrap. Recovery is recovery of postconsumer waste streams.
* Figures less than 5,000 tons are represented as 0 in this statistic.
The values may not add up due to rounding.
Figures were compiled from several editions of the report.

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