Garbage in America for the Visual Learner
Has our waste production increased lately? (From EPA, 2013)
So where does all this MSW go? *An important note, ‘Recovery’ is defined in this report as “purchases of postconsumer recovered material… plus net exports.” I believe this means if a material is taken to a MRF but eventually goes to the landfill it is NOT counted as ‘recovered.’ (From EPA, 2013)
How does disposal differ across the country? (From Shin, 2014)
How much do we actually recover (recycle)? (From EPA, 2013)
How much of each material is actually recovered? Graph based off of data from EPA, 2013.
So what’s left after recycling? (From EPA, 2013)
Data in this post is from a) EPA’s most recent MSW in the United States report, based off of their 2011 data; b) EEC’s most recent State of Garbage in America (Shin, 2014) based off of 2011 data.