The total generation of municipal solid waste (MSW) in 2018 was 292.4 million tons or 4.9 pounds per person per day.
69 million tons were recycled and 25 million tons were composted (32.1%)
17.7 million tons of food were managed by other methods. (animal feed, bio-based materials/biochemical processing, co-digestion/anaerobic digestion, donation, land application and sewer/wastewater treatment).
35 million tons of MSW (11.8%) were combusted with energy recovery and more than 146 million tons of MSW (50%) were landfilled.