Taking Trash Out of Hiding

by Keith R. Connor, Black & Veatch, 1500 Meadow Lake Pkwy., Kansas City, MO 64114,
R. Chris Brockway, Solid Waste Engrg. Mngr.; Black & Veatch, 1500 Meadow Lake Pkwy., Kansas City, MO 64114,
Bruce E. Henning, Solid Waste Disposal Engrg. Administrator; City of Phoenix, AZ,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1994, Vol. 64, Issue 2, Pg. 40-43

Document Type: Feature article


Out of sight, out of mind has been the country's solid waste mind-set. But when the $18 million Phoenix Solid Waste Management Center becomes fully operational in April, visitors will witness waste processing from catwalks and study their trash from an amphitheater's large viewing windows. City planners are convinced that through a combination of engineering, education and art, the center will alert the public to the country's solid waste crisis. This facility is reportedly the only one in the nation that combines so many waste-handling functions at one site: solid waste and recyclables, yard-and wood-waste mulching, and solid waste management and recycling education programs. The Solid Waste Management Center is designed to handle the commercial and municipal solid waste generated by the southern half of the city well into the next century. The plant has been designed to handle the daily transfer of 3,800 tons of solid waste, the arrival of 1,100 self-haul drop-off vehicles, and the processing of 400 tons of commercial and residential recyclables. Construction on the 62 acre complex, located about 10 min. by car from downtown Phoenix, was completed last year by Joe E. Woods Construction Co., Phoenix, Az.

Subject Headings: Solid mechanics | Municipal wastes | Recycling | Solid wastes | Industrial wastes | Engineering education | Waste sites | Domestic wastes | Phoenix | Arizona | United States

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