# How much waste does the average American produce each year?

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The average American produces 1,704 pounds of garbage per year, roughly three times the global average, according to a new report by the research firm Verisk Maplecroft.

## How much waste does the average person produce in a year?

Exactly How Much Garbage Do Humans Make Every Year? The average American consumer produces just under five pounds of trash each day, while a family creates about 18 pounds. Multiplying those numbers by 365 days for the year, it all adds up to: 1,642 pounds per person.

## How much waste does the US produce per year?

The Current National Picture

The total generation of municipal solid waste (MSW) in 2018 was 292.4 million tons (U.S. short tons, unless specified) or 4.9 pounds per person per day. Of the MSW generated, approximately 69 million tons were recycled and 25 million tons were composted.

## How many pounds of solid waste does the average American generate every year?

The average American generated 4.9 pounds of municipal solid waste (MSW) in 2018. This is a considerable increase from 1960, when 2.68 pounds of MSW was generated in the United States per capita.

## How much waste did the US produce in 2020?

That is based on an estimated 80 million tons of solid waste generated in 2020.

## How much waste does the average American produce per day?

To make those numbers a little more meaningful, it might help to break them down into per-person statistics. Based on the numbers above, the average American produces trash at a rate of 4.4 pounds per person per day, with roughly 1.51 pounds recycled per person per day.

## What percent of the world’s waste does the US produce?

According to a new report from Verisk Maplecroft, a global risk-assessment and consulting firm, the United States accounts for only about 4 percent of the world’s population yet generates 12 percent of the planet’s municipal solid waste (MSW), better known as garbage.

## How much waste does each country produce?

Generation of municipal solid waste worldwide in 2017, by select country (in million metric tons)*

Characteristic Generation of waste in million metric tons per year
United States 258
China 220.4
India 168.4
Brazil 79.89

## What country has the most waste in the world?

As a nation, Americans generate more waste than any other nation in the world with 4.5 pounds (2.0 kg) of municipal solid waste (MSW) per person per day, fifty five percent of which is contributed as residential garbage.

## Who produces the most waste in the world?

Worldwide, the biggest producer of waste per capita is Canada. At an estimated 36.1 metric tons per year, this was 10 metric tons more per capita than the United States.

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## How much industrial waste is produced each year?

While the U.S. produces around 236 million tons of municipal solid waste every year, the numbers for industrial waste are far less clear. Some estimates go as high as 7.6 billion tons of industrial waste produced every year.

## What is the average per capita waste generation?

Worldwide, waste generated per person per day averages 0.74 kilogram but ranges widely, from 0.11 to 4.54 kilograms. Though they only account for 16 percent of the world’s population, high-income countries generate about 34 percent, or 683 million tonnes, of the world’s waste.