Characterizing the Municipal Solid Waste Stream in Denton, Texas

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Forty-two commercially collected dumpsters from Denton’s Municipal Solid Waste Stream were emptied, sorted and weighed to characterize the material types and make preliminary recycling policy recommendations. The general composition of Denton’s solid waste stream was not significantly different from the composition of the nation’s solid waste stream. Fifty-eight percent of the observed waste stream was recyclable. Paper made up the largest portion of recyclable materials and the "grocery" source category had more paper than any of the other five categories. Based on these findings, an incrementally aggressive approach is recommended to reduce certain types of wastes observed in the waste stream. This would include a Pay-As-You-Throw Program followed by an Intermediate Processing Center that can be converted to a Materials Recovery Facility.

Creator(s): Brady, Patricia D.
Creation Date: August 2000
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Publisher Name: University of North Texas
Place of Publication: Denton, Texas
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  • Creation: August 2000
  • Digitized: June 11, 2007
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Forty-two commercially collected dumpsters from Denton’s Municipal Solid Waste Stream were emptied, sorted and weighed to characterize the material types and make preliminary recycling policy recommendations. The general composition of Denton’s solid waste stream was not significantly different from the composition of the nation’s solid waste stream. Fifty-eight percent of the observed waste stream was recyclable. Paper made up the largest portion of recyclable materials and the "grocery" source category had more paper than any of the other five categories. Based on these findings, an incrementally aggressive approach is recommended to reduce certain types of wastes observed in the waste stream. This would include a Pay-As-You-Throw Program followed by an Intermediate Processing Center that can be converted to a Materials Recovery Facility.

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Level: Master's
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Keyword(s): solid waste disposal | recycling | recycling policy
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  • OCLC: 47442963 |
  • UNTCAT: b2304295 |
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metadc2584
Resource Type: Thesis or Dissertation
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Holder: Brady, Patricia D.
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