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Facts and Figures about Materials, Waste and Recycling

Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures

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National Key Facts and Figures in the United States

Each year, EPA produces a report called Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Fact Sheet, formerly called Municipal Solid Waste in the United States: Facts and Figures. It includes information on municipal solid waste (MSW) generation, recycling, combustion with energy recovery and landfilling. The fact sheet also includes information on Construction and Demolition Debris generation, which is outside of the scope of MSW.

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U.S. State and Local Waste and Materials Characterization Reports

EPA maintains a list of state and local waste characterization studies; reports are not available for all states. You can search for your state in the table below.

For additions, changes or updates, please send new reports to Most reports exit EPA’s website.The following links exit the site Exit

State Reports
Alabama Alabama: Economic Impact of Recycling in Alabama and Opportunities for Growth (2012) (PDF)(16 pp, 309 K, About PDF)
Alaska No Report Available
Arizona No Report Available
Arkansas State of Recycling in Arkansas
California Cal Recycle Waste Characterization Studies Listing

2018 Colorado Waste Composition Study (5 pp, 37.7 KB, About PDF)

Colorado: Boulder County Waste Composition Study (2010) (PDF) (57 pp, 1.66 MB, About PDF)

Colorado: Larimer County Two-season Waste Composition Study (2007) (PDF)(48 pp, 1.27 MB, About PDF)

Connecticut Connecticut: 2015 Statewide Waste Characterization Study (PDF) (160 pp, 3.81 MB, About PDF)
Delaware Delaware Solid Waste Authority Statewide Waste Characterization Study, FY 2016 (PDF)(68 pp, 1.45 MB, About PDF)
District of Columbia Washington, DC Public Reports on Recycling
Florida Florida Solid Waste and Recycling Annual Reporting
Georgia Georgia Statewide Waste Characterization Study (2005) (PDF) (216 pp, 4.45 MB, About PDF)
Hawaii Hawaii: City and County of Honolulu Waste Characterization Study (2006) (PDF)(58 pp, 227 K, About PDF)
Idaho No Report Available

Illinois: Chicago Department of Environment Waste Characterization Study (2010) (PDF)(340 pp, 3.21 MB, About PDF)

Illinois: Commodity/Waste Generation and Characterization Study (2015) (PDF)(323 pp, 9.3 MB, About PDF)

Indiana Indiana's new waste characterization study (2012) (PDF)(165 pp, 5.78 MB, About PDF)
Iowa Iowa: Statewide Waste Characterization Study (2011) (PDF)(135 pp, 1.31 MB, About PDF)
Kansas No Report Available
Kentucky No Report Available
Louisiana No Report Available
Maine Maine: Residential Waste Characterization Study (2011) (PDF) (30 pp, 463 K, About PDF)
Maryland Maryland Solid Waste Management and Diversion Report - 2017 (for 2016 Data) (PDF)(83 pp, 2.98 MB, About PDF)

Massachusetts: Waste Characterization Data Summary (2011)

Recycling & Solid Waste Data for Massachusetts Cities & Towns

Michigan No Report Available

Minnesota: City of Red Wing Solid Waste Composition Study: Solid Waste Boiler Facility (2009) (PDF) (61 pp, 5.32 Mb, About PDF)

Minnesota: Perham Resource Recovery Facility: Solid Waste Composition Study (2012) (PDF) (62 pp, 4.5 Mv, About PDF)

Minnesota: Solid Waste Composition Study: Covanta Hennepin Energy Resource Company (2012) (PDF) (27 pp, 685 Kb Mb, About PDF)

Minnesota Statewide Waste Characterization Study (2013) (PDF) (59 pp, 1.66 Mb, About PDF)

Broader Information on the Minnesota MSW Composition Study

Mississippi No Report Available
Missouri Missouri: 2016-2017 Waste Composition Study
Montana No Report Available
Nebraska Nebraska: State Waste Characterization Study (2009) (PDF)(2175 pp, 6.41 MB, About PDF)
Nevada No Report Available
New Hampshire No Report Available
New Jersey No Report Available
New Mexico No Report Available
New York New York: NYC Residential, School, and NYCHA Waste Characterization Study (PDF)(68 pp, 11.1 MB, About PDF)
North Carolina

North Carolina: Orange County Waste Sort Data

North Carolina: Orange County Waste Composition Study (2017)

North Dakota No Report Available

Ohio: Hamilton County Waste Composition Study, 2018

Ohio Waste Characterization Study (2004) (PDF)(319 pp, 1.64 MB, About PDF)

Oklahoma No Report Available
Oregon Oregon: Recycling Characterization and Composition Study 2016/2017

Pennsylvania 2016 County Recycled Materials Report (PDF)(17 pp, 816 K, About PDF)

Pennsylvania: Statewide Waste Composition Study (2003) (PDF) (175 pp, 2.81 MB, About PDF)

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Solid Waste Characterization Study (PDF)(58 pp, 2.05 MB, About PDF)

South Carolina

South Carolina Solid Waste Management 2018 Report (PDF)(98 pp, 3.92 MB, About PDF)

The Economic Impact of the Recycling Industry in South Carolina (PDF)(12 pp, 1.13 MB, About PDF)

South Dakota No Report Available
Tennessee Tennessee: Waste Characterization Study (2008)
Texas No Report Available
Utah No Report Available

Vermont Waste Characterization (2017) (PDF)(53 pp, 1.31 MB, About PDF)

Vermont: Waste Composition Study (2013) (PDF)(44 pp, 1.47 MB, About PDF)

Virginia Virginia Annual Recycling Summary Report 2017 (PDF)(10 pp, 546 K, About PDF)

Washington Seattle Waste Composition Studies

Washington: Statewide Waste Characterization Study (2015-2016) (PDF)(157 pp, 2.3 MB About PDF)

Washington: Statewide Waste Characterization Study (2010) (PDF)(135 pp, 2.37 MB About PDF)

Washington: Thurston County Waste Composition Study (2009) (PDF)(104 pp, 729 K About PDF)

Washington: Seattle Public Utilities Residential Waste Stream Composition Study (2010) (PDF)(112 pp, 972 K About PDF)

King County Monitoring Program, 2007 Waste Characterization Study, June 2008 (PDF)(44 pp, 407 K About PDF)

West Virginia West Virginia Solid Waste Management Plan 2019 (PDF)(212 pp, 5.43 MB, About PDF)

Wisconsin: State-wide Waste Characterization Study (2009) (PDF)(112 pp, 220 MB About PDF)

Wisconsin: Statewide Waste Characterization Study (2003) (PDF)(114 pp, 738 K About PDF)

Wisconsin: Waste Characterization and Management Study Update (2002) (PDF)(47 pp, 182 K About PDF)

Wyoming No Report Available
International Reports Canada - Metro Vancouver 2015 Waste Composition Monitoring Program (PDF)(71 pp, 8.2 MB About PDF)

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