Recycling in the U.S.

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Statista Dossier about recycling in the United States

This dossier presents graphs and tables about recycling in the United States. It provides recycling rates of selected materials and highlights data on waste generation and discards in the United States.

Table of contents

  • 1. Waste generation and recycling in the U.S.
    • U.S. municipal solid waste generation 1960-2017

    • Generation and discards of municipal solid waste: U.S. 1960-2017

    • Recycling of U.S. municipal solid waste 1960-2017

    • U.S. gross recycling rate: bottles collected for recycling 2000-2017

    • Reported rate of recycling among U.S. adults by age group 2019

  • 2. Recycling by type
    • Recovery of municipal solid waste: selected materials U.S. 1960-2017

    • Recycling rates in the U.S. by select product 2017

    • U.S. recycling of postconsumer bottles recycled 2010-2017

    • U.S. plastic bottles available and recycled 2000-2017

    • Recycled metals - percentage in the U.S. 2016

    • U.S. - value of selected metals recycled from scrap 2016

    • Iron and steel scrap: reported consumption in the U.S. 2006-2019

  • 3. U.S. waste industry
    • Waste management and remediation services - gross output 2009-2019

    • Forecast: revenue solid waste collection US 2008-2020

    • Forecast: revenue solid waste landfilling US 2008-2020

    • Forecast: revenue solid waste combustion and incineration US 2008-2020

    • U.S. plastic waste exports by destination country 2018

    • U.S. waste industry recycling service offerings 2016-2019

  • 4. Product recovery
    • U.S. paper and paperboard recovery rate 1990-2019

    • U.S. recovered paper and paperboard utilization by type 2019

    • Distribution of U.S. recovered paper and paperboard utilization by type 2019

    • U.S. recovered non-bottle rigid plastic 2007-2018

    • U.S. reclaimer usage of postconsumer bottles 2000-2017

    • RPET bottles used for conversion in the U.S. 2017

    • RPET bottles used for food and beverage bottles in the U.S. 2001-2017

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