According to EPA data, the United States generated 292.4 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) in 2018. While 69 million tons were recycled, and 25 million tons composted, an additional 17.7 million tons of food underwent alternative management methods. Despite these efforts, around 35 million tons (11.8 percent) were combusted with energy recovery, and a staggering 146 million tons (50 percent) ended up in landfills.
Landfill operators are often concerned about their operational lifespan. However, waste recycling solutions offer a conscientious approach to alleviate landfill burden. By implementing procedures like shredding, sorting, processing, and repurposing, waste recycling significantly contributes to a greener future for all applications. Emphasizing the benefits of waste recycling could lead to substantial improvements in these statistics.