Environment
Tons of Waste Recycled per Resident


Tons of Waste Recycled per Resident

What does this measure?

Tons of waste recycled per person in a geographical area during a particular year.

Why is this important?

Recycling conserves raw materials, keeps waste out of landfills, and conserves energy compared with new material production.

How is our county performing?

In 2015, 0.2 tons of waste per capita were recycled in Erie County. This was lower than the statewide rate of 0.6 tons. Since 2006, Erie's recycling rate has gradually declined from 0.6 tons per capita. In 2015, Erie recycled 102,000 thousand fewer tons of waste than it did in 2006. In contrast, the state rate climbed gradually from 0.4 in 2006 to 0.7 in 2012. It fell to 0.5 in 2013, but then more than doubled the following year. The spike in 2014 may not represent a long-term improvement, as recycling of materials from a major demolition project in Scranton drove much of the increase that year, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

How do we compare to similar counties?

The 2015 recycling rate in Luzerne County, PA was over two times higher (0.5) than in Erie. While Erie's recycling rate fell from 2006 to 2015, Luzerne's held steady at 0.5 from 2006 to 2010 and then increased slightly to 0.6 in 2011. It has remained steady since then. Luzerne recycled 8,600 more tons of waste in 2015 than it did in 2006.

Notes about the data

Comparable data for the nation and comparison counties outside Pennsylvania were unavailable because the state sets and monitors its own requirements for recycling.

Tons of Waste Recycled per Resident
2006200720082009201020112012201320142015
Pennsylvania0.40.40.40.40.40.50.70.51.30.6
Erie County, PA0.60.60.50.40.50.30.30.20.20.2
Luzerne County, PA0.50.50.50.50.50.60.60.60.60.5

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection




Tons of Waste Recycled
2006200720082009201020112012201320142015
Pennsylvania4,803,6615,139,1585,484,3485,336,9325,535,5026,465,1768,495,5786,123,18816,838,2817,781,877
Erie County, PA163,831169,168147,588112,217144,01077,59285,91568,83753,84561,978
Luzerne County, PA156,913156,734158,025150,521158,438193,745192,091185,817192,271165,510

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection




INDICATORS TREND | ERIE COUNTY
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Maintaining
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Employees Increasing
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Median Age Increasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Total Population Decreasing
Foreign Born Population Increasing
Household Types Not Applicable
Average Household Size Maintaining
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Public Assistance Maintaining
Change in Average Salary Decreasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Employment by Sector Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty by Education Level Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Homeownership Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Median Rent Maintaining
Student Performance in Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Student Performance in Grade 3 Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Maintaining
Per Student Spending Maintaining
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Education Level of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Air Quality Increasing
Water Quality Maintaining
Recycling Tons Per Capita Maintaining
Solid Waste Per Capita Maintaining
Vehicles by Fuel Type Not Applicable
Mortality Rate Decreasing
Death from Heart Disease Decreasing
Death from Cancer Decreasing
Death from Stroke Decreasing
Death from Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease Increasing
Hypertension Prevalance Increasing
Diabetes Prevalence Increasing
Asthma Increasing
People Without Healthcare Coverage Decreasing
People Without a Primary Care Physician Increasing
Routine Checkups Increasing
People Who Cannot Afford Healthcare Decreasing
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Children Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Teens Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Adult Smokers Decreasing
Physically Inactive Adults Decreasing
Binge Drinking Maintaining
Infant Mortality Decreasing
Low Birth Weight Babies Not Applicable
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Non Smoking During Pregnancy Increasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing