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EPA: National recycling rate 35% in 2017, composting at record high

By Pulltarps Mfg | November 14, 2019

Story by Cole Rosengren / wastedive.com

The latest edition of the agency’s highly-cited report indicates a fairly static picture of the U.S. waste landscape based on past data. Out of the 267.8 million tons of projected MSW generation in 2017, 52% of it still went to landfills and 12.7% to “combustion with energy recovery.” Separately, the EPA also reported an increase in C&D generation to 569 million tons in 2017. This tracks with the increased volumes reported by both publicly-traded landfill and incinerator operators in recent years.