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For one week, all of the dumpsters emptied on a daily basis were
checked to see how full they were. Levels were recorded as 1/4,
Z, 3/4, or full. Dumpsters from 17 buildings were collected on a
daily basis, but only five needed daily service. The 1993 data
was used as a basis to start a white paper recycling awareness
effort and to renegotiate disposal rates with the current hauler.
The paper recycling effort was strictly voluntary and has
achieved better results than previous programs, but has never
lived up to expectations. The dumpster sampling program did
assist ANL in renegotiating a lower annual disposal rate with our
hauler. A $45,000.00 reduction in annual fees was achieved. The
results also pointed out the need for the more detailed study
that was carried out in 1994.
1995 WASTE AUDIT RESULTS
3.1% g.8% WHITE PAPeR
13.8% m MIXED PAPER
20.7% U NEWSPAPER
2.5% U MAGAZINES AND BOOKS
14.8%i6 3.36 CANS
O.9% PLASTIC BAGS
U RECYCLABLE PLASTIC
- EJ FOOD WASTE
During the summer of 1994, two summer interns conducted a
detailed study of the garbage waste stream. They sampled and
separated the garbage waste stream from multiple buildings for
one week at a time. The results are summarized in Figure 2. The
waste stream was separated into more components. Next the
dumpster levels were again verified during several random weeks
during the summer.
In general, the waste audit data was consistent with the previous
year. However, the results of the white paper recycling effort
were disappointing. The waste stream contained approximately the
same amount of white paper as the previous year. The dumpster
level study confirmed our previous year's information. This has
developed into a more detailed study by the present waste hauler
and ANL Custodial.
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Trychta, K.; Thuot, J. & McHenry, J. A decade of waste and pollution management, article, October 1, 1996; Illinois. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc684153/m1/3/: accessed October 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.