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What’s In Your Waste? Waste Characterization Study Reveals…

May 8, 2018

In 2017, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) funded its latest statewide waste characterization study, building on three previous waste sorts performed in 1998, 2005, and 2011. This meaningful data helps IDNR and local governments make informed program and policy decisions, evaluate expanding waste diversion initiatives, and improve existing program efficiencies.

Study Highlights: Provided waste composition data for the following waste generating sectors:

  • Residential
  • Institutional/Commercial/Industrial (ICI)
  • Overall
  • Participation from 13 landfills and transfer stations
  • 524 waste samples collected
  • Sorted into nine major material categories and 61 subcategories

Results Show: These three materials account for approximately for residential, ICI, and overall sector waste:

  • Organics
  • Paper
  • Plastic


Review the comparison of the Wisconsin and Iowa waste sorts SCS Engineers presented at the Wisconsin Integrated Resource Management Conference (WIRMC) to learn more about how the Iowa study and previous Wisconsin waste sorts compare.

Ready for a deeper dumpster dive? Download the full 2017 Iowa waste characterization study (go to “Studies & Reports” in the middle of the page) or the most recent Wisconsin study, or view the Best Practices for Waste Characterization webinar.

Want your state’s perspective?  Give us a call for more details or to talk about your waste sort needs. or visit our website to find the office nearest you. For information and nationwide case studies visit the solid waste planning page.




Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:03 am

SCS Engineers Awarded Contract to Support Commercial and Institutional Recycling Program in the County of Los Angeles

August 8, 2016

SCS Engineers to provide environmental services and technical support to help enhance LA County’s Department of Public Works sustainable materials management.

SCS will provide research and consultation services supporting the County’s waste reduction and recycling practices for businesses, multi-family residences, large venues, County facilities, other public agencies, and more in the Unincorporated County Area. SCS promotes reuse, recycling, and conservation programs, and, more importantly, emphasizes program sustainability by considering the entire life-cycle of products, processes, and systems.

SCS’s responsibilities will include assistance with organics management and micro-composter systems, County departmental recycling, creating resource management plans and waste-free events, developing an awards and recognition program, and outreach and education.

Today, society recycles more solid waste than ever before. SCS’s recycling and sustainability programs are grounded in models that leverage new technologies and approaches that make the County’s goals possible to achieve. Recycling and waste reduction are key elements in the County’s comprehensive solid waste management program. SCS professionals are providing the strategies and support that will help Public Works integrate its management of solid waste using recycling, reduction, and organics management as essential elements.  Implementing this plan will help the County achieve its health and welfare goals and regulatory requirements, and manage the operational costs of waste disposal.

“Our extensive understanding and experience planning and implementing waste management and recycling programs will allow us to create a more environmentally friendly County of Los Angeles,” said Michelle Leonard, a vice president with SCS Engineers. “Diverting organic material, as well as recyclable items, from the landfills continues to move us closer to a Sustainable Waste Management Future.”

Posted by Laura Dorn at 10:30 am

SCS Advice from the Field: How can recycling collectors ensure clean material when serving the commercial space?

July 13, 2016

By following the simple procedures governing selective routing in the commercial space, it is possible to turn a high disposal garbage collection system into a high diversion recycling system, without incurring additional costs or losing collection revenue. Read more…

Tracie Onstad Bills of SCS Engineers and Richard Gertman of For Sustainability Too explain the steps for commercial-stream routing and management of commercial recyclables with remarkable results in their Resource Recycling article published in June 2016.

Questions? Ask Tracie, she writes a blog series about recycling.

Contact Tracie directly. 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am