Estimating Refuse Generation in Office Buildings

by Glenn R. Harris,
Craig R. Humphrey,
Stuart H. Mann,

Serial Information: Journal of the Environmental Engineering Division, 1976, Vol. 102, Issue 5, Pg. 1111-1113

Document Type: Journal Paper


Effective development and assessment of possible solid waste management programs require complete and accurate estimates of all discarded materials. Nothing could be more fundamental, since the economics and design of the entire system are contingent on the quantity and types of residuals that are generated. Although standardized methodologies for estimating solid waste are available to guide planners and engineers, these techniques have traditionally been quite rudimentary. Only recently has the dynamic nature and complexity of the variables affecting refuse generation been at least partially explicated. The literature is characterized by a marked proclivity toward an aggregation of the residuals entering the mixing municipal stream, ostensibly because these are the most common situations confronted by professional planners and engineers.

Subject Headings: Commercial buildings | Solid mechanics | Solid wastes | Waste management | Economic factors | Municipal wastes | Rivers and streams | Professional development

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