Environment
Tons of Solid Waste per Resident


Tons of Solid Waste per Resident

What does this measure?

The number of tons of solid waste generated per person in a geographical area during a particular year.

Why is this important?

Solid waste that is not recycled is typically disposed of in landfills or waste-to-energy facilities. This waste and its collection, processing, and disposal contribute to pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and depletion of natural resources.

How is our county performing?

In 2017, Erie County residents generated 1 ton of solid waste per capita. This was lower than the statewide rate of 1.2. Erie's rate in 2017 was slightly higher than the rate in 2011. Erie's rate of waste generation declined from 0.9 tons in 2011 to 0.7 in 2013, and then increased back to its original level from 2014 to 2016. During the same 2011 to 2017 period, Pennsylvania's rate remained relatively unchanged.

How do we compare to similar counties?

The 2017 rate for generating solid waste in Luzerne County, PA was similar to Erie. Luzerne's rate changed little from 2011 to 2017.

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 solid waste disposal.

Tons of Solid Waste per Resident
2011201220132014201520162017
Pennsylvania1.21.11.11.11.11.11.2
Erie County, PA0.90.90.70.70.80.91.0
Luzerne County, PA0.90.90.80.90.90.90.9

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection




Tons of Solid Waste
2011201220132014201520162017
Pennsylvania14,924,65114,518,68814,167,34614,341,14814,307,78013,889,84714,839,849
Erie County, PA266,871252,175209,714206,921221,134256,524263,420
Luzerne County, PA290,513289,178267,720275,045276,596274,015281,819

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