Texas landfills received about 7.2 pounds per capita in 2018, up from 6.8 pounds the previous year. This number is calculated by dividing the total weight of all landfill waste received in the state by the population of Texas. Again, Hurricane Harvey was a major contributor to this 5.5% increase in the state-wide disposal rate.
However, the state-wide disposal rate calculation includes construction and demolition waste, as well as municipal wastewater treatment plant sludge. Since most Texans have little control over this in their daily lives, removing these categories of waste from the equation, as the US Environmental Protection Agency calculations do, yields a daily average landfill waste contribution of about 5 pounds per person. You can divert more waste away from landfills by recycling and composting in your homes, schools, places of employment, and community spaces.