Possibly one of the most interesting graphics we’ve encountered.The states are ordered according to WTERT’s ‘Hierarchy of Waste Management’.
I can let you sit and stare at this for a long time, but here are cliff notes of things that jump out at me:
- Conneticut is the top incinerator, and most incineration happens in the Northeast.
- Louisiana has lowest recycling rate.
- Doesn’t look like any state composts more than 10% of its waste, with the exception of California which appears to be just over the 10% mark.
- Most states landfill over 70% of their garbage.
I have to say it again – it seems to me that the most opportunity exists in growing the rate of composting. If 40% of our MSW is compostable, it’s a shame that we are struggling to meet the 10% mark. Seems to me that composting is a cheap waste management method (cheaper by far than incineration or recycling), produces a highly beneficial and profitable product, and makes ecological sense.