Importance of Solid Waste Assessment and Quantification: New Jersey Counties Case Study

This solid waste assessment study is a comprehensive analysis that can serve as an efficient decision-making tool for waste reduction and diversion, to help meet recycling goals. The authors note that while this research project is one the most comprehensive and up-to-date characterization studies performed in the State, they believe that more detailed studies will provide further needed information. In prior studies, food waste characterization studies were performed by estimating and modeling using proxy data, they recommend that the next food waste characterization studies be performed on-site at large food waste-generating commercial and institutional facilities to better understand the types and amounts of food waste being generated and separated. The future study may be performed at: restaurants, catering facilities, food wholesalers and distributors, food processing facilities, grocers, and large farm markets.

A solid waste assessment identifies waste generated at a facility, and purchasing and management practices; examines current waste reduction practices and assesses their effectiveness; and identifies the areas and materials in which waste reduction efforts will be most effective. These assessments may also be performed for municipal or private clients and at regional and state levels.

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