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Municipal Solid Waste: United States

Municipal Solid Waste: United States

This report forecasts US generated, recovered, and discarded municipal solid waste (MSW) in short tons to 2021. MSW generated, recovered, and discarded are each segmented in terms of: packaging, durables, nondurables, food, yard, and miscellaneous inorganics (generated and discarded only).

To illustrate historical trends, total generated, recovered, discarded, and the various segments are provided in annual series from 2006 to 2016. A Market Environment section provides pertinent background on historical trends; key economic indicators; as well as trends in material recovery, discarded material management, and personal consumption spending. A Segmentation and Forecasts section defines segments, discusses market drivers and constraints, identifies substitute materials when applicable, and assesses the impact of key drivers and constraints on each segment over the forecast period.

Further analysis includes an Industry Structure section, which surveys the supply base and profiles the leading firms competing in the US industry. A one-page, introductory Highlights section summarizes key findings from this 29-page report, and a Resources section lists contributing sources as well as resources available for further research.

Historical Trends
Key Economic Indicators
Material Recovery Overview
Discarded Material Management
Personal Consumption Expenditures
Generated MSW
Recovered MSW
Discarded MSW
Industry Composition and Characteristics
Companies Cited
Chart 1 | US MSW Generation Trends, 2006-2016 (mil tons)
Chart 2 | US MSW Generation Trends, 2006-2016 (MSW/PCE Goods*)
Table 1 | Key Indicators for US MSW Generation; 2006, 2016, 2021 (2009US$ bil)
Chart 3 | US PCE on Select Items by Type, 2006-2016 (2009US$ bil)
Chart 4 | US Generated MSW by Type; 2006-2016, 2021 (000 tons)
Chart 5 | US MSW Generated, Discarded & Recovered; 2006-2016, 2021 (000 tons)
Chart 6 | US Packaging MSW Generated & Packaging Demand; 2006-2016, 2021 (000 tons)
Chart 7 | US Durables MSW Generated & Durable Goods PCE; 2006-2016, 2021 (000 tons)
Chart 8 | US Nondurables MSW Generated & Paper Production; 2006-2016, 2021 (000 tons)
Chart 9 | US Food MSW Generated & Food Shipments; 2006-2016, 2021 (000 tons)
Chart 10 | US Generated MSW by Type Share; 2006-2016, 2021 (%)
Chart 11 | US Recovered MSW by Type; 2006-2016, 2021 (000 tons)
Chart 12 | US MSW Recovery Rates by Type; 2006-2016, 2021 (%)
Chart 13 | US Recovered MSW by Type Share; 2006-2016, 2021 (%)
Chart 14 | US Discarded MSW by Type; 2006-2016, 2021 (000 tons)
Chart 15 | US Discarded MSW by Disposition Type Share; Select Years 2000-2014 (%)
Chart 16 | US Discarded MSW by Type Share; 2006-2016, 2021 (%)
Table 2 | US Leading MSW Services Industry Participants
Chart 17 | US Solid Waste Collection Revenue Concentration; 2002, 2007, 2012 (%)
Chart 18 | US Material Recovery Facility Revenue Concentration; 2002, 2007, 2012 (%)
Chart 19 | US MSW Establishments by Type, 2006-2014 (units)

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