Data & Policy Projects

A link to the report (PDF) will be sent via e-mail after checkout. We recommend downloading the report to your computer.

Current estimates of MSW generation, recovery and disposal in the U.S. vary greatly. EREF has used a facility-based approach in each state to investigate the amount of MSW materials generated in 2010 and 2013. More

This analysis examines the waste management sustainability policies set by state/local agencies, such as recycling and diversion goals. More

Using a first-of-its-kind Life-Cycle Assessment model of biofuel production using MSW, this report includes an assessment of the environmental impacts associated with MSW conversion via landfill gas-to-energy, waste-to-energy, and gasification/Fischer-Tropsch. More

This report summarizes the use of anaerobic digestion (AD) to manage MSW organics in the United States, and includes analysis of original data based on a comprehensive nationwide facility survey conducted by EREF. More

This comprehensive study targeted publicly traded, privately held, and public sector organizations in the industry. Specifically, the study sought to capture data on solid waste and recyclables collection and hauling operations, as well as operation of the following solid waste industry facility types: municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills, construction and demolition (C&D) landfills, transfer stations, waste-to-energy (WIE) facilities, material recovery facilities (MRF), compost facilities, and other solid waste management facilities. More

The Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) maintains a database of 1,637 active Subtitle D MSW landfills across the U.S.  This database was used to develop a sample consisting of nearly 300 landfills that were categorized as large, medium and small. Landfill owners in this sample where then contacted and asked to provide gate rate information on their tip fees. More