Plastic waste in the U.S.

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Statista Dossier about plastic waste in the United States

Table of contents

  • 1. Overview
    • Global plastic production 1950-2020

    • Global plastic materials flow 1950-2017

    • Plastic waste generation worldwide 2016, by select country

    • Per capita plastic waste generation worldwide 2016, by select country

    • Quantity of plastic in major marine areas 2019

  • 2. Trade
    • Scrap plastic exports from the U.S. 2015-2020

    • U.S. plastic waste exports by destination country 2020

    • U.S. plastic waste exports breakdown 2020, by destination country

    • U.S plastic scrap exports in January 2021, by destination

    • U.S. plastic waste exports of selected states 2019

  • 3. Production
    • Breakdown of municipal waste materials generated in the U.S. 2018, by type

    • Volume of U.S. plastic municipal solid waste generated 1960-2018

    • Plastic containers and packaging MSW generated in the U.S. 1960-2018

    • U.S. municipal solid waste: plastics generation by category 2018

    • Volume of plastic MSW generated in the U.S. 2018, by type

    • Plastic packaging MSW generation in the U.S. 1960-2018, by product

  • 4. Disposal
    • Volume of U.S. municipal solid plastic waste by disposal 1960-2018

    • Breakdown of plastic containers and packaging treatment in the U.S. 2018, by method

    • Plastic containers and packaging MSW landfilled in the U.S. 1960-2018

    • Plastic containers and packaging MSW combusted for energy in the U.S. 1980-2018

    • Plastic packaging MSW combusted for energy in the U.S. 1980-2018, by product

    • Plastic packaging MSW landfilled in the U.S. 1960-2018, by product

  • 5. Recycling
    • Breakdown of MSW recycled in the U.S. 2018, by material

    • Volume of plastic MSW recycled in the U.S. 2018, by type

    • Plastic containers and packaging MSW recycled in the U.S. 1980-2018

    • Plastic packaging MSW recycled in the U.S. 1980-2018, by product

    • Plastic packaging MSW recycling rates in the U.S. 1980-2018, by product

    • U.S. share of recycled-non bottle rigid plastic by source 2018

  • 6. Pollution
    • Key figures about mismanaged plastic waste in the U.S. 2016

    • Coastal mismanaged plastic waste generation worldwide 2016, by select country

    • Waste items found along beaches in the U.S. 2019

    • Waste items found along beaches in the U.S. 2019, by state

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