by DB McKeever, KE Skog

USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI


This research note presents statistics on the magnitude of urban tree and woody yard waste. Although some of this material is recycled or composted, most is discarded in landfills. The total amount of woody waste from urban areas in 2000 was approximately 14.5 million tons (nearly 7% of total municipal solid waste). This is actually less than the amount of wood harvested from US Forest Service land that year (12 million tons of timber harvested). Estimates of woody waste are presented for the five most populous US metropolitan areas.

Region: United States
Publication Type: Technical report
Keywords: timber harvest, urban forestry, wood utilization, and wood waste