U.S. municipal solid waste landfills 1990 to 2015

Number of municipal waste landfills in the U.S. from 1990 to 2015

by T. Wang, last edited Oct 1, 2019
U.S. municipal solid waste landfills 1990 to 2015 In 2015, the United States had 1,738 municipal waste landfills. Most of the landfills in the United States were located on the West Coast.

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 2015 that was discarded into the municipal waste stream in the United States.
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Number of municipal waste landfills in the U.S. from 1990 to 2015

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