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Chapter 6. Implementation Schedule and Solid Waste Management Projections

6.1 Implementation Schedule

The LSWMP needs to include a detailed implementation schedule for all processes or programs that will be established, modified, or further evaluated throughout the 10-year planning period. Additionally, existing gaps in data or program information needs to be identified and incorporated into the detailed implementation schedule and become a focus of future implementation tasks.

The schedule needs to include, but not be limited to:

  • A chronological timetable with projected start and completion dates of each task and subtask of the various proposed program elements for all aspects of the LSWMP
  • Detailed tasks and subtasks
  • Major events and key proposed program elements
  • Milestones for the various proposed program elements

This implementation schedule will become the LSWMP backbone for future implementation and review and needs to be as detailed as possible, integrally linking all program elements for the entire LSWMP for all waste generating sectors and waste streams.

6.2 Solid Waste Projections

These projections need to be a comprehensive assessment of waste projection data based on the background data developed in all previous chapters. The solid waste projections should directly correlate to and be integrated with the implementation schedule. These projections need to be reflective of a progressive reduction in waste disposal and increase in the recyclables recovery rate based on maximization of waste reduction and recycling to the extent economically practicable.

The disposal and recovery projections need to be initially established assuming the alternatives and tasks outlined in the implementation schedule will be successfully implemented. This will form a set of optimal projected recovery and disposal rates. It should be understood that these optimal rate projections are intended for use as a planning tool only, and as will not be considered a commitment to achievement by the planning unit. As programs progress and new information becomes available, these projections are expected to evolve and require revision over time.

The sources of data and assumptions used to develop projections need to be identified to allow for appropriate adjustments in the future as more refined data and program implementation results become available.

Accordingly, to remain a valuable planning tool it is expected these optimal rate projections will be updated or revised in each biennial compliance report along with the implementation schedule, as necessary.

Projections should correspond to the tasks and milestones outlined in the implementation schedule and be correlated to the 10-year population projection outlined in the LSWMP, including adjustments for any seasonal variations in population.

A separate analysis should be developed for, at a minimum, each of the following waste categories:

  • MSW
  • C&D debris
  • Non-hazardous Industrial
  • Biosolids

An aggregated overall projection of recovery for the total waste stream can be calculated from these individual category projections.

Municipal solid waste (MSW) stream represents approximately 50% of the state's total solid waste generation, making it an important target for solid waste management planning. A MSW calculator has been developed to help planning units estimate the amount of waste generated for each of the different materials in this waste stream and project how much waste will be generated over the course of the 10 year planning period. This tool also helps develop goals for waste disposal, reduction, and increase in resource recovery over the course of the plan.

It is recommended that DEC's Population and Municipal Solid Waste Composition Calculator (Excel, 450 KB) and C&D Debris Waste Composition Calculator (Excel, 617 KB) be used in developing this projection profile. Material quantities should be calculated and tabulated in segregated categories.

Review and Approval Process of a Local Solid Waste Management Plan (LSWMP)

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