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California's Statewide Per Resident, Per Employee, and Total Disposal Since 1989

This graph shows historical statewide per resident, per employee, and total disposal amounts for California since 1989 using SB 1016’s measurement system. For information on California’s Recycling Rate and disposal-related tonnages see California’s Statewide Recycling Rate page.

Disposal Rate graph

The same data in the above graph is shown below in a table format.

Year Historical Disposal
(millions of tons)
Per Employee Disposal
(lbs/employee/day)
Per Resident Disposal
(lbs/resident/day)
1989 44.0 19.1 8.4
1990 42.4 18.1 7.8
1991 39.5 17.0 7.2
1992 38.4 16.8 6.8
1993 36.7 16.2 6.5
1994 36.3 15.9 6.3
1995 34.2 14.7 5.9
1996 33.8 14.1 5.8
1997 35.2 14.3 6.0
1998 37.2 14.6 6.2
1999 37.4 14.2 6.2
2000 38.6 14.2 6.3
2001 38.1 14.0 6.1
2002 38.2 14.1 6.0
2003 40.2 14.9 6.2
2004 41.3 15.2 6.2
2005 42.5 15.3 6.3
2006 41.4 14.7 6.1
2007 39.3 13.8 5.7
2008 35.5 12.7 5.1
2009 31.1 11.8 4.5
2010 30.4 11.7 4.5
2011 29.9 11.3 4.4
2012 29.3 10.8 4.3
2013 30.2 10.6 4.4
2014 31.2 10.6 4.5
2015 33.2 11.1 4.7
2016 35.2 11.4 4.9

Per Capita Disposal Formula: [(disposal tons x 2,000 lbs/ton) / 365 days] / population

Example: 40 million tons disposed in 1 year by a population of 38 million

40,000,000 tons x 2,000 pounds = 80,000,000,000 pounds
80,000,000,000 pounds / 365 days = 219,178,082 pounds/day
219,178,082 pounds/day / 38,000,000 population = 5.8 pounds/person/day

Sources

Disposal

  • CalRecycle's Disposal Reporting System (DRS). Historical Disposal includes Total Landfilled in State and Total Exported tons reported at the time. Does not include Transformation. Please see DRS for the most current tonnage data.

Population

  • California Department of Finance

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Last updated: August 15, 2017
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