I would like to know the rate of production and content of municipal and industrial solid waste, globally in units of mass per area or mass per city or region.

I would be particularly interested in a globally standardized data set, but a few similar data sets from a few distinct regions would also be useful.

The OECD Factbook provides total waste by country, but I am looking for a more specific breakdown of the waste content, and a finer geographic resolution.

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    You might have better luck trying to find records on the rate of ingest at landfills & recycling centers.
    – Joe
    Aug 2, 2013 at 13:13

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I haven't found anything quite like what you want, but you might be able to build it from a bunch of separate datasets.

Many datasets have solid waste production/consumption on the level of buildings.

Here's one with aggregates for the US.

I found all of these by searching on OpenPrism. You'll probably find more if you look through more of that search's results.


This is a pretty old question, but I think still active. For future searches, There's reasonably good data on municipal solid waste (MSW) for Colombia in www.sui.gov.co --> aseo --> reportes --> técnico-operativos --> "Disposición Final - Operador del Sitio de Disposición Final (Formatos 8 de la Circular SSPD-CRA de 2006 y 26 de la Resolución SSPD 15085 de 2009)"

In it, there's the following data:

  • ID Empresa (company)
  • Empresa
  • Año/Mes (year/month)
  • NUSD
  • Nombre del Sitio de Disposición Final (name of landfill)
  • Origen (origin)
  • NUAP
  • Nombre del área de Prestación (name of area serviced)
  • Departamento (province)
  • Municipio (city/town)
  • Toneladas Dispuestas (disposed tons)
  • Fecha de Cargue (date of register)

As of today, the report could be accessed at: http://reportes.sui.gov.co/fabricaReportes/frameSet.jsp?idreporte=ase_com_125

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