*The Center for Biological Diversity aggregated trash, recycling, yard-waste and food-waste data from eight local governments across the country for the 2017, 2018 and 2019 calendar years. Data was reported in tons. Per capita rates were calculated using population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. Pounds per person was calculated using the Environmental Protection Agency’s estimation that 4.9 pounds of waste is generated per person per day. We assume any variations in market-level data when aggregated are representative of a national trend.
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