U.S. solid waste industry revenue 2000-2016

Revenue of the solid waste industry in the United States from 2000 to 2016 (in billion U.S. dollars)*

by T. Wang, last edited May 31, 2019
U.S. solid waste industry revenue 2000-2016 The solid waste industry in the United States generated 60 billion U.S. dollars of revenue in 2016. Municipal solid waste is more commonly known as the garbage produced by households and can include packaging, grass clippings, bottles, and newspapers. Material that is recovered from the waste stream can be recycled and composted, the remainder will end up in landfills. The average American generated 4.48 pounds of trash per day in 2015, an increase from 2.68 pounds per day in 1960. Food and other organic wastes made up the largest share of waste materials landfilled.
Waste streams

The municipal solid waste industry is highly regulated by public policies and regulations and is regionally dependent. The waste composition generated by different regions will require different waste management technologies. In the United States, paper and paperboard products account for the largest share of municipal solid waste. However, generation of paper products has declined as the consumption of newspaper and office papers have been reduced due to increased use of electronic records.
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Revenue of the solid waste industry in the United States from 2000 to 2016 (in billion U.S. dollars)*

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Revenue in billion U.S. dollars
201660
201557.9
201356.7
201155
201052.4
200951.1
200853.4
200751.8
200649.8
200547.8
200039.4
Revenue in billion U.S. dollars
201660
201557.9
201356.7
201155
201052.4
200951.1
200853.4
200751.8
200649.8
200547.8
200039.4
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by T. Wang, last edited May 31, 2019
The solid waste industry in the United States generated 60 billion U.S. dollars of revenue in 2016. Municipal solid waste is more commonly known as the garbage produced by households and can include packaging, grass clippings, bottles, and newspapers. Material that is recovered from the waste stream can be recycled and composted, the remainder will end up in landfills. The average American generated 4.48 pounds of trash per day in 2015, an increase from 2.68 pounds per day in 1960. Food and other organic wastes made up the largest share of waste materials landfilled.
Waste streams

The municipal solid waste industry is highly regulated by public policies and regulations and is regionally dependent. The waste composition generated by different regions will require different waste management technologies. In the United States, paper and paperboard products account for the largest share of municipal solid waste. However, generation of paper products has declined as the consumption of newspaper and office papers have been reduced due to increased use of electronic records.
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