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Household composting for students: centralized vs. decentralized

TitleHousehold composting for students: centralized vs. decentralized
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsElliott, A.
Keywordscentralized, compost programs, decentralized, recycling programs, waste, waste management
Abstract

Waste management is a problem many municipalities are facing. There is a lack of land space and it is extremely difficult to open a new landfill. One of the biggest indicators of the potential waste disaster is Toronto. Toronto sends 145 trucks to Michigan every single day. This is an incredible amount of garbage… It was also announced that Ontario must have a 60% diversion rate. The only way to accomplish this is for all municipalities to participate in intense recycling and composting programs. Some municipalities are encouraging household level composting. Other municipalities have centralized composting systems, such as Toronto or the Region of Peel. In addition, these regions have economic incentives, such as user pays, to boost participation rates. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. Centralized compost programs have higher participation rates, but can be expensive to run… For full text, please e-mail sustainability@uwaterloo.ca