In 2009, the United States generated over 32 million tons of hazardous materials. According to Wastex, some of that waste was burned for energy, some was buried, incinerated, or stabilized for long term containment. Regardless of what happened to each material, it had to be labeled and transported according to government regulations, costing a large sum of money.
The major types of waste include:
- Household waste
- Industrial Waste
- Automotive Waste
- Radioactive Waste
- Biomedical Waste
Most waste is generated by production and service processes, but 37% is due to pollution control and waste management. Texas generates most hazardous wastes (due to manufacturing) but California receives the most hazardous wastes (due to consumption). Read in on the infographic below to learn more.