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Each year, a significant amount of municipal solid waste (MSW) is generated in the United States and subsequently managed via various strategies and endpoints (e.g. landfilling, incineration, recycling, composting). To estimate the total tonnage of MSW managed in the U.S, in 2010 and 2013, the Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) implemented a facility-based methodology. As part of this effort, MSW management facilities were documented and data were aggregated into state, regional, and national statistics, totaling 342.6 million tons of MSW managed in 2010 and 347.0 million tons of MSW in 2013. To identify facilities and quantify tonnage, MSW was defined according to the U.S. EPA definition; details are available in the MSW Management in the U.S.: 2010 & 2013 report (EREF, 2016)

The lists of facilities provided here were identified as actively managing MSW in 2010 and/or 2013. All efforts were made to collect accurate information, including: federal, state, and private facility databases, telephone and e-mail contact, and facility websites. Information presented represent the state of facility operation in 2010 and 2013 to the best available historical information, and in many cases may change over time.

For 2013 a total of 9,028 facilities managed MSW, comprised of: 3,913 recycling facilities, 3,494 composting facilities, 1,540 MSW landfills, and 81 waste-to-energy (WTE) plants. Ownership trends varied by facility type, with over two-thirds (65%) of MSW landfills being publicly-owned while the majority of recycling, composting, and WTE facilities were privately-owned.

Note: The published facility lists are provided without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, and are presented “as is”. EREF is not liable in the event of any damages in connection with or arising from provision or use of these Facility Lists. Note that these lists are routinely updated and may not match exactly information provided in EREF’s “Municipal Solid Waste Management in the U.S.: 2010 & 2013” since additional information may have become available since that report’s initial publication.