ERIC Number: ED092344
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: N/A
Methods of Predicting Solid Waste Characteristics.
Boyd, Gail B.; Hawkins, Myron B.
The project summarized by this report involved a preliminary design of a model for estimating and predicting the quantity and composition of solid waste and a determination of its feasibility. The novelty of the prediction model is that it estimates and predicts on the basis of knowledge of materials and quantities before they become a part of the solid waste stream. The project elected to test feasibility in the area of residential solid waste. Because of the complexity resulting from the countless items that enter the average home, it was felt that this area of study would most likely highlight the weakness of the technique. Results of the study seem to indicate that the model performed quite well. Although the approach involves certain difficulties in implementation and maintenance in the residential sector, this is not necessarily true for the commercial sector. Stories deal more in bulk than residences do, and consequently, complexity is reduced. Details of the model and a discussion of its advantages and shortcomings are presented. (JP)
Descriptors: Ecology, Environmental Research, Models, Predictive Measurement, Research Projects, Waste Disposal, Wastes
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. Solid Waste Management Office.