Waste Generation

Municipal Solid Waste - US EPA


Est. 223 millions tons per year in North America

​Household’s waste contain about 30% of plastic wastes.

About 89.2 million tons of plastic


Solid Waste Generation


Ten years ago there were 2.9 billion urban residents who generated about 0.64 kg of MSW per person per day (0.68 billion tonnes per year).


Today these amounts have increased to about 3 billion residents generating 1.2 kg per person per day (1.3 billion tonnes per year).


By 2025 this will likely increase to 4.3 billion urban residents generating about 1.42 kg/capita/day of municipal solid waste (2.2 billion tonnes per year).​