In 2007, 33.2% of municipal solid waste generated in the U.S. was recovered for recycling or composting, diverting 83 million tons of material from landfills and incinerators. This is more than double the value from 1990.
Since 2001 the University of Michigan’s Center for Sustainable Systems has developed a growing set of factsheets that cover topics including energy, water, food, waste, buildings, materials, and transportation systems. Each factsheet presents important patterns of use, life cycle impacts and sustainable solutions. They are designed to inform policymakers, business professionals, students and teachers. The factsheets are peer-reviewed and updated annually.