Final Report: Urban Solid Waste Management Videos

EPA Grant Number: R825427C006
Subproject: this is subproject number 006 , 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: Urban Solid Waste Management Videos
Investigators: Sutherlin, John
Institution: University of New Orleans
EPA Project Officer:
Project Period: July 1, 1998 through November 1, 1999
RFA: Urban Waste Management & Research Center (1998) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Targeted Research


The project entitled "Urban Solid Waste Management Video Series" consisted of documenting on film the successful solid waste management efforts of the municipalities (i.e., Shreveport, Alexandria, Monroe, Baton Rouge and Lafayette) throughout the state of Louisiana. Although the majority of the background research has taken place at the University of New Orleans' Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, there was some time dedicated to adapting those efforts to make understandable how public works departments in the municipalities around the state conduct themselves.

The goal of this project was the production of eight (8) 27-minute videos that focus on successful programs, and why these programs work and others do not. For example, Baton Rouge has developed one of the best business recycling programs in all of the Gulf South. Lafayette is considered to have the model for composting. This video series will explain how they were able to achieve this and how other communities can learn from their experiences.

The focus of the series was to present a summary of the issues and options that cities, regardless of budget, politics or geography, must consider when developing a comprehensive solid waste management policy. The series has been widely used by major waste haulers in the US and throughout all major cities in North America to supplement their policy objectives. Additionally, more educators and policy makers from 20 countries around the world have used the series to increase their understanding of American solid waste management.

Episode 1 Waste Generation & Characterization

Episode 2 Waste Collection, Transfer and Disposal (including incineration)

Episode 3 Business Waste Reduction

Episode 4 Residential Recycling

Episode 5 Composting

Episode 6 Special Wastes (i.e., tires, white goods, household hazardous waste)

Episode 7 Regionalization

Episode 8 Conclusions & Summary

The goal here was to document the successes and explain how those efforts can work elsewhere. Thus, prior to the studio production work (both filming and editing), a script for each video was written and all of the footage for the videos was shot. Graphics, charts and all animation was developed as required for each episode. However, all music and format material (such as the building of the stage) was completed before the in-studio production begins. Once the filming of the videos began, all episodes was produced in the order below. Before final production was completed, a time-slot for public television viewing was selected. Then, editing and voice-dubbing was performed as needed. Finally, the video-series were shown "in-house" at a public gathering with state-wide waste experts and then through public television both locally and state-wide. Notices about the series were forwarded to municipalities throughout the Gulf South first, and then to the rest of the US.

The information presented in the videos was based on interviews with directors of waste programs (i.e., Recycling Coordinator of East Baton Rouge Parish), engineers (i.e., BFI and Waste Management) projects and reports. For each video, a script was written and approved before the information contained in that script was filmed.

After the filming, the information presented in the videos was again checked for accuracy and completeness. All narration and graphics was provided by professionals in the field and checked for both content and style.

Summary/Accomplishments (Outputs/Outcomes):

The result of this project was the dissemination of information concerning the best solid waste management, which should impact how all urban communities in the region deal with such issues. The video series was broadcast through local and state public television stations and made available through the Urban Waste Management & Research Center. Additionally, public stations in Waco, Texas and Louisville, Kentucky showed the series.

The film series was promoted and distributed through the Exit web site and through press releases through the Environmental News Network. More than 7,500 episodes were distributed to more than 100 US cities and more than 20 countries around the world.

The UWMRC also partnered with Films for Humanities & Sciences to distribute the series to educators around the US. Their outlets serve more than 30,000 educators in the US.

Supplemental Keywords:

Sold waste, recycling, waste reduction, environmental education, white goods, household hazardous waste, regionalization., Scientific Discipline, Geographic Area, Waste, Municipal, Environmental Chemistry, State, Analytical Chemistry, Ecological Risk Assessment, Ecology and Ecosystems, waste minimization, urban runoff, municipal waste, groundwater quality, New Orleans (NO), solid waste, waste management, technology transfer, outreach, urban waste

Relevant Websites: Exit

Progress and Final Reports:

Original Abstract
  • 1999

  • 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