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U.S. price of landfilling municipal waste by region 2019

The average cost to landfill municipal solid waste (MSW) in the United States was 55.36 U.S. dollars per ton in 2019. Landfill tipping fees were highest in the Pacific states, where it cost an average of 73.03 U.S. dollars per ton. Landfill sites are used for the disposal of waste materials such as paper, food, and yard trimmings. U.S. landfill sites are regulated by each state’s environmental agency, which in turn, follows the guidelines set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Landfill sites in the U.S.

  The number of landfills in the U.S has dropped dramatically in the last few decades. In 1990, the number stood at more than 6,000, but by 2017 this number had dropped to just 1,270. The largest landfill site in the world is the Apex Regional, located in Las Vegas, Nevada. This mammoth dump site stretches more than 2,000 acres and is equivalent in size to approximately 1,500 football fields.

Waste generation

  The average American produces 4.5 pounds of municipal solid waste per day. This is almost twice the MSW generated per capita in 1960. Over the decades, huge quantities of waste have been buried in landfills all over the United States. As of 2019, Michigan had the most accumulated buried waste per capita of all states.

Average cost to landfill municipal solid waste in the United States as of April 2019, by region

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October 2019


United States

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as of April 2019

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