What is the density of municipal solid waste?
When compacted in a landfill, the density of municipal solid waste ranges from approximately 1,000 pounds per cubic yard to 1,500 pounds per cubic yard, on average.
TERMINOLOGY - SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT Solid waste is material, which is not in liquid form, and has no value to the person who is re-sponsible for it. Although human or animal ex-creta often ends up in the solid waste stream, generally the term solid waste does not include such materials. Synonyms to solid waste are terms such as "garbage", "trash", "refuse" and "rubbish". The term municipal solid waste, refers to solid wastes from houses, streets…
There are 160 million tons of municipal solid waste produced in the United States annually and about 85 percent is put into a landfill. Between 25 and 40 percent of this waste could be composted instead. Composted municipal solid waste has been used successfully to improve the physical and chemical properties of soils and is a benefit to the environment overall.