U.S. municipal solid waste landfills 1990 to 2017

In 2017, the United States had 1,269 municipal waste landfills. Most of the landfills in the United States were located on the West Coast.

Landfills

Landfills or dumps are one of the most common forms of waste treatment in the world. It is the oldest type of waste treatment technique and is still used as a form of waste management. At these sites, waste is broken down into smaller parts and is either compacted or buried with layers of soil and other organic materials. This process is essential to extending the life of landfills. Waste is often brought to landfills by waste collection vehicles. However, countries such as Germany, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, and Switzerland have banned the disposal of waste in landfills. Only hazardous waste is allowed to be deposited. The largest landfill in the world was the Estrutural, located in Brazil.

Landfills in the United States

Landfills in the United States are regulated by each state’s environmental agency, however they are all required to abide by the standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency. Food, yard trimmings, and inorganic wastes made up the highest amount of waste material in 2017 that was discarded into the municipal waste stream in the United States.

Number of municipal waste landfills in the U.S. from 1990 to 2017

Number of landfills
20171,269
20161,267
20151,738
20141,956
20131,908
20121,908
20111,908
20101,908
20051,754
20001,967
19953,197
19906,326
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Sources

Release date

November 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

1990 to 2017

Supplementary notes

The figures for 1990 through 2014 are taken from previous editions of the publication.

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