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A new Yale study indicates that the amount of waste being dumped in America’s landfills is nearly double that of official government estimates.
Researchers at Yale University found that 230 million metric tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) or trash was dumped into landfills in the United States in 2015. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) had estimated that 124 million metric tons of waste were landfillled in 2015.
The Yale researchers have published the results of similar studies in the past, which have consistently shown that the EPA underestimates waste quantities.