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Re: Waste Generation Rates



David,

Excellent question. Here in Illinois we did a study on that back in the 1980s and found that these was no correlation between facility size and type of reported solid or hazardous wastes generated within SICs, by number of employees, gross sales, etc. One could calculate a mean but the ranges were huge. Within a given SIC the types of activities conducted can vary widely from facility to facility. So the variation was not just differences in efficiencies. Maybe the situation has changed or somebody else has been able to make sense of the data - or they have better data. I'm interested in seeing what others have to contribute to this issue.

Gary Miller

At 10:06 AM 1/10/2008, David Herb wrote:

Are there accepted resources for broadly estimating waste generation for common specific wastes (e.g. paper, cardboard, computers, etc.) at a facility in the absence of actual data. For example, waste generation rates given on a per employee basis delineated by business type (e.g. SIC code). We are aware of the California Integrated Waste Management Board - Solid Waste Characterization Database.

Thanks in advance,



David Herb
Program Manager
Retired Engineer Technical Assistance Program
MDEQ - ESSD - P2CA - P3U
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Lansing, MI 48913

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