For many people, their knowledge of the waste industry extends about as far as seeing their garbage and recycling bins emptied every week or so and most would be very surprised to learn that activity is part of a $70 billion industry in the United States. The industry is comprised of three major components: collection, which represents 62% or $44 billion in revenues; processing, which includes materials recovery and transfer station operations and is 12% or $8 billion in revenues; and disposal, which comprises landfilling, a nearly $18 billion by itself, and waste-to-energy, a nearly $3 billion enterprise, which together represent 26% of the waste business.
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