Waste/Materials Management - Municipal Waste
Municipal Solid Waste — more commonly known as trash or garbage — consists of everyday items such as product packaging, grass clippings, furniture, clothing, bottles, food scraps, newspapers, appliances, paint, and batteries. Data on municipal solid waste by material type is available in Municipal Solid Waste in the United States, Facts and Figures.
Certain municipal solid waste management and disposal practices are regulated.
Several municipal solid waste management practices, such as source reduction, recycling, and composting, can prevent or divert materials from the wastestream.