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Text Version of Municipal Solid Waste Charts

Total MSW Generation, 2012: 251 Million Tons (before recycling)

This pie chart depicts the percentage by which different materials contribute to the municipal solid waste stream. The breakdown is as follows:

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MSW Generation Rates, 1960-2012

This line graph indicates the rate by which per capita generation of waste (in pounds per person per day) and total waste generation (in million tons) has increased from 1960 to 2012.

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MSW Recycling Rates, 1960-2012

This line graph depicts waste recycling rates in the U.S. from 1960 to 2010, in both percentage and tons.

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Recycling Rates of Selected Materials, 2012

This bar graph depicts the recycling rates of selected materials in 2012. The recycling rates are as follows:

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