There are two major sources of quantitative data on the generation and disposition of municipal solid waste in the US: the BioCycle/Columbia University State of Garbage in America (SOG); and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)/Franklin Associates' MSW Facts and Figures report. These sources differ greatly by millions of tons. To conduct the SOG survey, detailed questionnaires are sent to representatives of the waste management departments of each state. Data provided are thoroughly reviewed by Earth Engineering Center (EEC) and BioCycle researchers. The main goal of this phase of the survey is to allow for an "apples to apples" comparison of states; that is, to adjust reported values to the EPA standard definition of MSW. The information derived in this study will be utilized to improve the estimates of the source separated recycled and composted tonnages in US MSW in the 2010 BioCycle/EEC State of Garbage in America survey.
IMPROVING METHODS OF MSW MEASUREMENT N J Themelis; S M Kaufman BioCycle; Jan 2010; 51, 1; Docstoc pg. 34 Reproduced with
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