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Connecticut Statewide Waste Characterization Study

Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection | Hartford, CT | Completed: 2016

Connecticut Statewide Waste Characterization Study | WP_20150511_007

CT DEEP conducted an inaugural statewide waste composition study in 2009. In 2015, DEEP retained MSW Consultants to update and expand this study. MSW Consultants served as the prime contractor and managed the same team that performed the 2009 Study to successfully complete this update.

MSW Consultants was responsible for developing a sampling plan that allowed for comparisons with the previous study, while also integrating new areas of investigation. The 2015 Study captured samples of disposed wastes over two seasons of data collection at four waste-to-energy (WTE) facilities and one transfer station within the state. The study differentiated between residential and industrial / commercial / institutional (ICI) generators. The 2015 Study, for the first time, added a component to measure the composition of single stream recyclables from two Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs), and also included targeted sampling and analysis of wastes from six specific commercial generator types. MSW Consultants completed the project on schedule and on budget, despite unforeseen postponement of sorting events due to higher than normal waste flows and WTE facility closures. The final report for this project was delivered in March 2016.