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U.S. municipal solid waste recycling per person 1960-2018

This statistic shows the per capita amount of materials recovered (recycled or composted) from the U.S. municipal solid waste stream between 1960 and 2018. In 2018, approximately 1.16 pounds of waste per person were recycled per day in the United States.

Volume of municipal solid waste recycled per capita in the United States between 1960 and 2018

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Release date

November 2020


United States

Survey time period

1960 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* Composting of yard trimmings, food and other municipal solid waste organic material. Does not include backyard composting.

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