Residential Recycling Composition Study
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The Santa Rosa County Environmental Department (SRCED) in Milton, Florida provides its residents with comprehensive waste and material services including curbside recycling services.

Recycling is a component of their franchise hauling agreement with three regional collection service providors. Due to market changes resulting from the volatility of the recycling commodity market, SRCED changed recycling processors. SRCED entered into an interlocal recycling processing agreement with Emerald Coast Utility Authority (ECUA) to deliver recyclables to ECUA's new Material Recovery Facility (MRF), in Escambia County. Their processing agreement requires that a composition study be performed on a regular basis by SRCED. To comply with its agreement and determine a baseline, SRCED engaged Geosyntec to provide an analysis of the composition of recycling materials that it delivers to ECUA.

Geosyntec conducted a short-term, targeted recycling composition study on representative samples of collected recyclable materials. Using this data, we compared the results of the targeted study with available data from other composition studies to determine if the composition of SRCED materials is consistent with typical recyclable materials. The work conducted included project design and implementation, data analysis and report development.

This was the first composition study completed on SRCED recyclables, and as such, provided SRCED with a baseline and feedback on the volume of nonprogram materials in the county. Geosyntec's role extended beyond the compilation and analysis of the data to include advisory and strategic consulting on the identification of programmatic policies and other factors impacting composition of recycling materials.

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Project Summary

  • Location: Santa Rosa County, Florida
  • Client: anta Rosa County Environmental Department
  • Project Practice Areas: Waste Management
  • Type of Facility: Residential
  • Services Provided: Advisory and strategic consulting; Recycling material characterization; Analysis of commodity value recovery; Geographic analysis of composition
  • Type of Work: Recycling
  • Governing Regulation: Local ordinances