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EH-12 Data Details

EH-12 Increase recycling of municipal solid waste

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

National Data Source
Characterization of Municipal Solid Waste; Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (EPA/OSWER)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
No
Measure
percent 
Baseline (Year)
33.2 (2008)
Target
36.5
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Numerator
Estimated weight in tons of municipal solid waste that is recycled or composted
Denominator
Estimated weight in tons of all municipal solid waste
Data Collection Frequency
Annual
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Retained from HP2010 objective
Methodology Notes

Estimates of municipal solid waste and the percent recycled and composted are derived using biennial estimates based on volume of material production and life cycle of materials, as well as samples of waste handled by municipal waste operators. These data are analyzed using an algorithm that produces national estimates. Annual estimates are based on projections from biennial estimates.

References

Additional resources about the objective.