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Main Title Organic materials management strategies.
CORP Author Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response.
Publisher [U.S. Environmental Protection Agency], Office of Solid Waste, Municipal and Industrial Solid Waste Division,
Year Published 1999
Report Number EPA 530-R-99-016
Stock Number PB2005-102353
OCLC Number 43450472
Subjects Organic wastes--Recycling--United States ; Compost ; Soil management
Additional Subjects Solid waste management ; Organic materials ; Disposal costs ; Management strategies ; Landfills ; Composting ; Compost markets ; Product values ; Estimates ; Municipal solid waste ; National waste stream
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Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EHAD  EPA/530-R-99-016 Region 1 Library/Boston,MA 01/26/2001
EJBD  EPA 530-R-99-016 Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 06/16/2000
NTIS  PB2005-102353 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation iii, 54 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Organic materials make up the bulk of Americas discarded municipal solid waste (MSW). In 1996, organic materials accounted for 141 million tons (67 percent) of the waste stream. Some organic materials, such as newspaper, office paper, and corrugated, have a high recovery rate. Other organic materials (e.g., yard trimmings, food scraps, and certain grades of paper), however, still tend to be landfilled and represent an area with high growth potential for recovery (75 million tons). Depending on the type of waste and method of composting selected, average national savings over conventional disposal vary from $9 to $37 per ton for 62 million tons of the MSW stream. This report describes seven composting strategies for organic materials in the U.S. MSW stream and presents an analysis of the benefits and costs of each strategy, the potential for diverting organic materials from landfills or waste-to-energy facilities, and the potential markets for diverted organic materials. This report is organized into five sections: (1) an overview of organic materials in the national waste stream, (2) estimates of avoided collection and disposal costs attributed to diversion of organic materials, (3) descriptions of the organic materials management strategies, (4) a review of compost markets and end-uses, and (5) a summary and comparison of the net costs of each composting strategy.
"July 1999." Shipping list no.: 2000-0249-M. Includes bibliographical references. "EPA 530-R-99-016"--Cover. Microfiche.