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What Does Your State Do With Its Garbage?

Courtesy of WTERT. Information pulled from their 2012 State of Garbage Report.

Courtesy of WTERT. Information pulled from their 2012 State of Garbage Report.

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.

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This entry was written by Margaret and published on September 27, 2013 at 2:39 pm. It’s filed under Community, Compost, Incinerators, Landfills, Recycling and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

3 thoughts on “What Does Your State Do With Its Garbage?

  1. Uncle Chris on said:

    Every large composting business in Phoenix has gone out of business, I believe. Most saw their profits go up in flames. . . literally. . ..

    http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_phoenix_metro/central_phoenix/compost-fire-sends-smoke-into-phoenix-sky

  2. Margaret–I can’t tell what the different colors in the chart mean–am I missing something

    • Bryant, not sure if the key at the bottom of the image is showing up (sorry it is not very high res). purple = recycled; green = composted; yellow = landfilled; red = waste-to-energy (aka – incinerated)

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