Up to 56 tons of trash go into American landfills every year.
The cited article indicates 56 tons PER PERSON per year of trash, with no indication of how much of it goes to landfills. That would be about 17 billion tons total for the US for one year.
As of 2006, America generated 413 million tons of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW). Of that number, 64.5% ended up in landfills. That percentage translates to roughly 266 million tons or 532 billion pounds of garbage going into American landfills annually.
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