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Washington, DC -- With WEEE upon us, ever wonder just how much waste material is at stake? According to the U.S. Census Bureau Statistical Abstracts, the nation's municipal solid waste was 231 million tons, or about 4.4 lbs. per person per day, in 2001 (the most recent data available).

Per the Census Bureau (, table no. 375), about 30% of MSW was recovered, 15% was incinerated and the rest was landfilled. The leading category of waste: paper and paperboard (35.7% of MSW). How much of MSW was electronics waste? About 1%.
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Title Annotation:Industry NEWS
Author:Buetow, Mike
Publication:Circuits Assembly
Date:Dec 1, 2005
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