Rapid Waste Composition Studies for the Assessment of Solid Waste Management Systems in Developing Countries
Timothy G Townsend* and Max J Krause
Environmental Engineering Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA
- Corresponding Author:
- Timothy G Townsend
Environmental Engineering Sciences
University of Florida, Gainesville
FL 32611, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: March 28, 2014; Accepted Date: May 05, 2014; Published Date: May 12, 2014
Citation: Timothy G Townsend and Max J Krause (2014) Rapid Waste Composition Studies for the Assessment of Solid Waste Management Systems in Developing Countries. Int J Waste Resources 4:145. doi: 10.4172/2252-5211.1000145
Copyright: © 2014 Townsend TG, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
A methodology for the rapid assessment of waste composition was assessed by examining municipal solid waste from five rural communities throughout Central America and the Caribbean. Target waste components were minimized and a sieve-shaker table was employed to maximize the quantity of waste that could be sorted in an efficient and timely manner. Food waste (along with other fine materials) was the largest component by weight, but plastics represented a major fraction. To illustrate potential utility of composition study results, the data were used to estimate the methane generation potential, L0, of each municipality’s waste stream. While the approach does not provide the statistical rigor of more standardized waste composition methodologies, the technique does provide a tool for rapid assessment of local waste characteristics.