Revised 2010 MSW Fact Sheet and Data Tables
The 2010 MSW Characterization fact sheet and data tables were published in November 2011. We have since made some changes to the data, and published a revised report. These changes are described below.
Why did the PET container recycling rate for 2010, published in the November 2011 fact sheet and data tables, rise from 21.0 percent to 29.2 percent in the revised fact sheet and tables?
In the November 2011 fact sheet and data tables, EPA published a “net” recycling rate for PET bottles and jars, excluding the caps, lids, and other materials. In the revised fact sheet and data tables we published a “gross” recycling rate for PET bottles and jars, including the caps, lids and other materials in the recycling rate. We made this change because it is more consistent with how we measure other materials in the report. This is how we measured the recycling rate for PET bottles and jars in previous years as well.
Why did the recycling rate for selected consumer electronics fall from 26.6 percent in the November 2011 data tables (Table 13) to 19.6 percent in the revised data tables?
The 26.6 percent recycling rate was taken from the EPA report Electronics Waste Management in the United States Through 2009 (PDF) (49 pp, 782K, about PDF). This report is based on a smaller selection of types of electronics. We made this change because the 19.6 percent electronics recycling rate in the revised data tables is based on a broader selection of types of electronics. The methodology used, resulting in the 19.6 percent recycling rate, is the same method we have used in previous years.
Why did the national recycling rate for 2010, published in the November 2011 fact sheet and data tables, rise from 34.0 percent to 34.1 percent in the revised fact sheet and tables?
The cause was the rise in PET bottle and jar recycling mentioned above.