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Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures 2013

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Assessing Trends in Materials Generation, Recycling and Disposal in the United States

The "Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures 2013" Report was previously named the "Municipal Solid Waste Generation, Recycling, and Disposal in the United States: Facts and Figures." The report's new name emphasizes the importance of sustainable materials management (SMM). SMM refers to the use and reuse of materials in the most productive and sustainable way across their entire life cycle. SMM conserves resources, reduces waste, slows climate change and minimizes the environmental impacts of the materials we use.

New this year, is additional information on source reduction (waste prevention) of municipal solid waste (MSW), information on historical tipping fees for MSW, and information on the Construction and Demolition Debris generation, which is outside of the scope of MSW.

Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures 2013

The full report, which is released every two years, contains data on:

  1. MSW generation, recovery, and disposal from 1960 to 2013;
  2. Per capita generation and discard rates;
  3. Source reduction (waste prevention);
  4. Materials and products that are in the waste stream;
  5. Aggregate data on the infrastructure for MSW management, including estimates of the number of curbside recycling programs, composting programs, and landfills in the US; and
  6. Trends in MSW management from 1960 to 2013, including source reduction, recycling and composting, and disposal via combustion and landfilling.
  7. Construction and demolition debris generation (starting with Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures 2013)

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