The Environmental Protection Agency released its report Municipal Solid Waste in the United States: 2011 Facts and Figures on June 20, saying that while generated solid waste decreased from 2010 to 2011, the amount recovered through recycling increased. 250.5 million tons of solid waste was created in 2010 compared to 250.4 million tons in 2011; 34 percent was recycled in 2010 while 34.7 percent was recycled in 2011.