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A second look at the University of Waterloo's waste collection system: reducing the environmental and economic costs

TitleA second look at the University of Waterloo's waste collection system: reducing the environmental and economic costs
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsDrumm, M., S. Hay, J. Kerr, and R. Shugart
KeywordsUniversity of Waterloo, waste, waste disposal system, waste program
Abstract

The University of Waterloo’s current waste contract will be up for tender in 2006. We believe that the University should strive to find a waste solution that is concerned about the long-term savings as well as environmental benefits for a practical solution to waste disposal. The purpose of this study is to find a waste disposal system for the University of Waterloo’s organic and non-recyclable waste that will make the University a model for the larger community. This solution should be economically efficient, environmentally friendly, and socially responsible. Our goal is to propose a system that will offer long-term savings; however, the initial start-up costs will most likely be higher. We will compare the current waste disposal contract with various options such as alternative waste collection and disposal as well as diversion programs. We will also suggest the most appropriate alternative and compare the environmental and economic efficiency of each alternative to the current contract. The alternatives we will consider include incineration, wet/dry and Molok. We will also examine waste reduction and diversion programs such as composting… For full text, please e-mail sustainability@uwaterloo.ca