Global municipal solid waste generation by key country 2017

This statistic represents the amount of municipal solid waste generated worldwide in 2016, broken down by select countries. The United States generated 258 million metric tons of municipal solid waste based on the latest reported year.

Generation of municipal solid waste worldwide in 2017, by select country (in million metric tons)*

Generation of waste in million metric tons per year
United States258
China220.4
India168.4
Brazil79.89
Indonesia65.2
Russia60
Mexico53.1
Germany51.05
Japan43.98
France33.4
United Kingdom31.57
Turkey31.28
Pakistan30.76
Nigeria27.61
Canada25.1
South Africa18.46
Korea18.22
Argentina17.91
Saudi Arabia16.13
Australia13.35
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Source

Release date

September 2018

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2017

Supplementary notes

* Year of data reported varies for each country. Data was reported in 2001: India; 2009: Nigeria; 2011: South Africa; 2012: Russia; 2014: Argentina, Canada, Korea, United States; 2015: Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Kingdom; 2016: Indonesia; and 2017: Pakistan.
Figures were rounded.

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