Regional Resource Recovery Center Cost Analysis

by Paul L. Bishop, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof. and Chmn.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H.,
Robert Cook, Grad.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H.,
Cindy White, Student; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H.,
Marcia Flinkstrom, Grad. Student; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H.,
Elizabeth Howard, Civ. Engr.; Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst., Woods Hole, Mass.,


Serial Information: Journal of the Environmental Engineering Division, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 5, Pg. 977-987


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: An in-depth study was made of a regional resource recovery center servicing seven towns and the University of New Hampshire. The center receives source separated glass (by color), cans, corrugated paper, and newsprint. Estimates of total percent recyclables in the waste stream were 42.1% for rural towns and 30.0% for urban areas. The towns which operate mandatory recycling programs contributed 15.8% to 31.4% of their total waste to the recycling center, or 38% to 75% of the potentially recyclable materials. Towns with voluntary programs contributed only 4.8% to 11.8% of their waste, or 11% to 28% of their recyclables. Time studies of all operations in the center, and evaluation of all costs associated with operation of the recycling program were performed. Alternative modes of transportation, including rail transport, were also investigated. Public participation must also be adequate to provide sufficient quantities of recyclable material to offset operating costs.

Subject Headings: Recycling | Rail transportation | High-rise buildings | Waste management | Colleges and universities | Glass | Municipal wastes | Rivers and streams

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