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.

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