17 Oct '15, 8pm

U.S. Landfills Contain Twice as Much Trash as EPA Estimated

U.S. Landfills Contain Twice as Much Trash as EPA Estimated

A new study shows that U.S. landfills contain more than twice as much solid waste as we previously thought based on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates. Researchers found that we throw away 289 million tons of solid waste, which is more than twice as much as the EPA’s original 135 million ton estimate. In fact, the number even exceeds the World Bank’s predictions for waste totals in 2025, according to Live Science. The new figures differ drastically from former estimates because they’re based on actual landfill waste weights rather than the figures EPA used to make its estimations from industry associates, businesses, and the U.S. Census. This is because in 2010 a new Greenhouse Gas Reporting rule began requiring that large landfills start reporting the weight of the trash entering their facilities. Of the 1,200 landfills included in the study, 900 were still ac...

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