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Title: Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) - Materials and Waste Management in the United States Key Facts and Figures
Dataset Publication Date: 2015
Dataset Language: en-us
Abstract: Each year EPA produces a report called Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures. It includes information on municipal solid waste (MSW) generation, recycling, composting, combustion with energy recovery and landfilling. The 2015 report provides information on recycled commodity values for MSW, and information on the construction and demolition debris generation, which is outside of the scope of MSW, but is a significant component of the non-hazardous waste stream. The Facts and Figures report also provides summary information on the benefits of recycling from EPA's 2016 Recycling Economic Information Report. The Facts and Figures website includes recent reports (2012 to 2015) as well as historical information on materials in the U.S. Municipal Waste Stream, 1960 to 2015 (in tons). The reports for both current and historical waste prevention can be accessed at EPA's SMM website. The recent Annual Facts and Figures reports are accessible at the following link: https://www.epa.gov/facts-and-figures-about-materials-waste-and-recycling. Historical data as well as studies and summary tables related to the Advancing Sustainable Materials Management Report are accessible here: https://www.epa.gov/facts-and-figures-about-materials-waste-and-recycling/studies-summary-tables-and-data-related. An excel file containing the data from 1960 - 2015 is located here: https://edg.epa.gov/data/PUBLIC/OLEM/Materials_Municipal_Waste_Stream_1960_to_2015.xlsx. EPA also maintains a list of state and local waste characterization studies (reports are not available for all states). You can search for your state at https://www.epa.gov/facts-and-figures-about-materials-waste-and-recycling/state-and-local-data-about-materials-waste-and. The Facts and Figures report is part of EPA's larger SMM program (https://www.epa.gov/smm). Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) is a systemic approach to using and reusing materials more productively over their entire lifecycles. It represents a change in how our society thinks about the use of natural resources and environmental protection. By looking at a product's entire lifecycle we can find new opportunities to reduce environmental impacts, conserve resources and reduce costs.
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Theme Topics: Environment and Conservation
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West Bounding Longitude: -180
South Bounding Latitude: 18
East Bounding Longitude: -66
North Bounding Latitude: 72
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Organization: U.S. EPA Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM) - Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (ORCR)
Email: vance.ron@epa.gov
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File Identifier: C9310A59-16D2-4002-B36B-2B0A1C637D4E
Metadata Language: en-us
Metadata Date Stamp: 2018-07-30
Organization: U.S. EPA Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM) - Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (ORCR)
Organization Role: author
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