LA DNR - DEQ - Regional Waste Management

EPA Grant Number: R827933C004
Subproject: this is subproject number 004 , established and managed by the Center Director under grant R825427
(EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).

Center: Urban Waste Management and Research Center (University New Orleans)
Center Director: McManis, Kenneth
Title: LA DNR - DEQ - Regional Waste Management
Investigators: Lea, W. Reid , Tittlebaum, Marty
Institution: University of New Orleans
EPA Project Officer: Lasat, Mitch
Project Period:    
RFA: Urban Waste Management & Research Center (1998) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Targeted Research


During 1993 and 1994, UWMRC conducted a joint research program on regional solid waste management with the Institute for Recyclable Materials (IRM) at Louisiana State University. The result of the research was a methodology for analyzing the costs associated with large or regional waste management systems as compared to local waste management. The UWMRC/IRM study included a number of integrated solid waste management techniques including recycling, composting, and waste-to-energy as well as conventional landfilling methods. The project culminated in a state of the art computer program for predicting future waste management collection, treatment, and disposal costs. The Regional Solid Waste Management computer program was initially used to compare the future cost of waste management in Metro New Orleans, an area that includes approximately 1.5 million people. The study concluded that regional cooperation on solid waste issues could result in tangible cost savings of more than $200 million over the 20-year planning horizon.

As a result of the initial work performed by the UWMRC and IRM, regionalization of solid waste disposal was identified by the leading business association in the Greater New Orleans area as one of the highest intergovernmental priorities. The business association sponsored further legal analysis of the methods available under Louisiana law for solid waste regionalization. UWMRC was asked to make numerous presentations on this topic to elected officials, business associations, and civic groups within metro-New Orleans. Efforts continue to promote a regional approach to waste management as one of the top intergovernmental priorities.

In 1995, UWMRC, IRM, and the Louisiana Association of Planning and Development Districts (LAPDD) were awarded a contract for a statewide study of regional solid waste management from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LaDEQ) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The planning phase of the project, which was completed in early 1996, required a close working relationship between the university centers and the eight state planning districts in order to develop the necessary information for analysis of the potential regional waste management options across the state. The study concluded that the potential for regional cost savings exceeded $1 billion undiscounted or about $670 million when discounted to present value. The LAPDD districts have submitted proposals to LaDEQ and DNR for the second phase of the project in which more than $1 million is available to support the initial regional plans.

Supplemental Keywords:

RFA, Economic, Social, & Behavioral Science Research Program, Scientific Discipline, Geographic Area, Waste, Ecosystem Protection/Environmental Exposure & Risk, Sustainable Industry/Business, POLLUTION PREVENTION, cleaner production/pollution prevention, Municipal, waste reduction, Sustainable Environment, Technology for Sustainable Environment, Monitoring/Modeling, Civil/Environmental Engineering, Southeast, Economics and Business, Environmental Monitoring, decision-making, Environmental Engineering, Economics & Decision Making, computational simulations, computational model, composting, waste minimization, economic benefits, economics, landfill operation, municipal waste, recycling, predictive model, municipal solid waste landfills, solid waste, waste management, Metro New Orleans, waste to energy, cost effectiveness, regionalization, econometric analysis, disposal

Main Center Abstract and Reports:

R825427    Urban Waste Management and Research Center (University New Orleans)

Subprojects under this Center: (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
R825427C001 Comprehensive Evaluation of The Dual Trickling Filter Solids Contact Process
R825427C002 Issues Involving the Vertical Expansion of Landfills
R825427C003 Deep Foundations on Brownfields Sites
R825427C004 Ambient Particulate Concentration Model for Traffic Intersections
R825427C005 Effectiveness of Rehabilitation Approaches for I/I Reduction
R825427C006 Urban Solid Waste Management Videos
R825427C007 UWMRC Community Outreach Multimedia Exhibit
R825427C008 Including New Technology into the Investigation of Inappropriate Pollutant Entries into Storm Drainage Systems - A User's Guide
R825427C009 Investigation of Hydraulic Characteristics and Alternative Model Development of Subsurface Flow Constructed Wetlands
R825427C010 Beneficial Use Of Urban Runoff For Wetland Enhancement
R825427C011 Urban Storm and Waste Water Outfall Modeling
R827933C001 Development of a Model Sediment Control Ordinance for Louisiana
R827933C002 Inappropriate Discharge to Stormwater Drainage (Demonstration Project)
R827933C003 Alternate Liner Evaluation Model
R827933C004 LA DNR - DEQ - Regional Waste Management
R827933C005 Landfill Design Specifications
R827933C006 Geosynthetic Clay Liners as Alternative Barrier Systems
R827933C007 Used Tire Monofill
R827933C008 A Comparison of Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Bed (USAB) and the Anaerobic Biofilm Fluidized Bed Reactor (ABFBR) for the Treatment of Municipal Wastewater
R827933C009 Integrated Environmental Management Plan for Shipbuilding Facilities
R827933C010 Nicaragua
R827933C011 Louisiana Environmental Education and Resource Program
R827933C012 Costa Rica - Costa Rican Initiative
R827933C013 Evaluation of Cr(VI) Exposure Assessment in the Shipbuilding Industry
R827933C014 LaTAP, Louisiana Technical Assistance Program: Pollution Prevention for Small Businesses
R827933C015 Louisiana Environmental Leadership Pollution Prevention Program
R827933C016 Inexpensive Non-Toxic Pigment Substitute for Chromium in Primer for Aluminum Sibstrate
R827933C017 China - Innovative Waste Composting Plan for the City of Benxi, People's Rupublic of China
R827933C018 Institutional Control in Brownfields Redevelopment: A Methodology for Community Participation and Sustainability
R827933C019 Physico-Chemical Assessment for Treatment of Storm Water From Impervious Urban Watersheds Typical of the Gulf Coast
R827933C020 Influence of Cyclic Interfacial Redox Conditions on the Structure and Integrity of Clay Liners for Landfills Subject to Variable High Groundwater Conditions in the Gulf Coast Region
R827933C021 Characterizing Moisture Content Within Landfills
R827933C022 Bioreactor Landfill Moisture Management
R827933C023 Urban Water Issues: A Video Series
R827933C024 Water Quality Modeling in Urban Storm Water Systems
R827933C025 The Development of a Web Based Instruction (WBI) Program for the UWMRC User's Guide (Investigation of Inappropriate Pollutant Entries Into Storm Drainage Systems)
R827933C027 Legal Issues of SSO's: Private Property Sources and Non-NPDES Entities
R827933C028 Brownfields Issues: A Video Series
R827933C029 Facultative Landfill Bioreactors (FLB): A Pilot-Scale Study of Waste Stabilization, Landfill Gas Emissions, Leachate Treatment, and Landfill Geotechnical Properties
R827933C030 Advances in Municipal Wastewater Treatment
R827933C031 Design Criteria for Sanitary Sewer System Rehabilitation
R827933C032 Deep Foundations in Brownfield Areas: Continuing Investigation
R827933C033 Gradation-Based Transport, Kinetics, Coagulation, and Flocculation of Urban Watershed Rainfall-Runoff Particulate Matter
R827933C034 Leaching and Stabilization of Solid-Phase Residuals Separated by Storm Water BMPs Capturing Urban Runoff Impacted by Transportation Activities and Infrastructure
R827933C035 Fate of Pathogens in Storm Water Runoff
R87933C020 Influence of Cyclic Interfacial Redox Conditions on the Structure and Integrity of Clay Liners for Landfills Subject to Variable High Groundwater Conditions in the Gulf Coast Region