TRI National Analysis

Waste Management Trends in the 2015 TRI National Analysis

Facilities report the quantities of toxic chemicals they recycle, combust for energy recovery, treat for destruction, and release on- and off-site. This figure shows the trend in these quantities, collectively referred to as the production-related waste managed.


From 2005 to 2015:

  • Production-related waste managed increased by 952 million pounds (4%).
  • Disposal and other releases decreased by 1.1 billion pounds (-25%).
  • Treatment decreased by 796 million pounds (-9%).
  • Energy recovery decreased by 126 million pounds (-4%).
  • Recycling increased by almost 3 billion pounds (34%), a trend mostly driven by one facility reporting over 3.4 billion pounds of cumene recycled in 2014 and in 2015 [Click to view facility details in the Pollution Prevention¬†(P2) Tool].
  • The number of facilities that report to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program declined by 10% since 2005, although the count has remained steady at about 21,800 facilities since 2010.
  • Since 2009, production-related waste managed has generally been increasing as the U.S. economy has improved.

This page was published in January 2017 and uses the 2015 TRI National Analysis dataset made public in TRI Explorer in October 2016.

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