Iowa Taps SCS Engineers to Conduct Statewide Waste Characterization Study

May 16, 2017

SCS Engineers waste characterization
Waste characterization is a method used to determine the types of materials being discarded in a waste stream and in what proportion. Waste characterization information can help policymakers and city planners reduce landfill waste, set up recycling programs, and conserve money and resources.

DES MOINES, IA -The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has hired SCS Engineers to perform their 2017 statewide waste characterization study. SCS will collect multiple samples from 13 waste disposal sites across the state over a 10-week period to categorize the waste and identify materials that could be diverted from landfill disposal. The data from this study will be compared to previous studies to help the Iowa DNR identify disposal trends, meet state and local waste reduction and recycling goals, improve program efficiencies, understand economic development impacts, and improve the quality of life for all Iowans.

When the study is complete, SCS will prepare a comprehensive final report of the findings, including identifying opportunities to reduce waste and divert materials for reuse, recycling, and composting. SCS will also present the study results at the Iowa Recycling Association – Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operations Conference, which takes place during October 2-4, 2017 in Coralville, Iowa.

“Iowa has a great solid waste management program, which includes terrific efforts to reduce the amount of waste in landfills. We are pleased to be chosen to conduct this most recent waste characterization study and help Iowa continue to achieve its recycling goals,” said SCS Project Director, Stacey Demers.