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Chapter 4. Technology Assessment/Evaluation of Alternatives

After assessing the existing conditions, the next step is to evaluate the various technological and programmatic alternatives available to the planning unit.

Separate evaluations need to be provided for all waste streams including:

  • MSW
  • C&D debris
  • Industrial waste
  • Biosolids

The various alternatives should reflect a discussion of their role in the solid waste management hierarchy and a discussion of their advantages, disadvantages, suitability, and feasibility must be incorporated.

The evaluation of alternatives should include, but not be limited to:

  • Recyclables recovery (e.g., volume based pricing structures [PAYT/SMART Program], public space, residential, institutional, and commercial recycling, etc.)
  • Organics recovery (e.g., yard trimming composting, backyard composting, food waste co-composting, food banks and pantries, anaerobic digestion, land application, etc.)
  • Waste reduction and reuse (e.g., volume based pricing structures [PAYT/SMART Program], reuse centers and material exchange, textile donations, building deconstruction and building material reuse)
  • Education and outreach
  • Collection, storage, treatment and disposal of solid waste
  • Enforcement

Chapter 5. Integrated System Selection


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