From the American Society of Civil Engineers' 2009 Report Card on American Infrastructure
Solid Waste C+
In 2007, the U.S. produced 254 million tons of solid waste. More than a third was recycled or recovered, representing a seven percent increase since 2000. Per capita generation of waste has remained relatively constant over the last 20 years. Despite those successes, the increasing volume of electronic waste and lack of uniform regulations for disposal creates the potential for high levels of hazardous materials and heavy metals in the nation's landfills, posing a significant threat to public safety.
Note: C+ was the highest grade received by any of the 15 categories.
The worst three were Drinking Water, Levees
, and Inland Waterways, all with a D-. The overall grade was a D. Ain't that America?