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Potential and status of recycling at City of Subiaco, Perth, determined by waste analysis

Ho, G.E.ORCID: 0000-0001-9190-8812 and McGeough, J.F.R. (1994) Potential and status of recycling at City of Subiaco, Perth, determined by waste analysis. In: 2nd National Hazardous & Solid Waste Convention, 8 - 12 May, Melbourne, Australia pp. 642-649.

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The composition of collected solid waste in the City of Subiaco was determined prior to the introduction of kerbside recycling, and again after its introduction to assess the potential and status of recycling. The survey was conducted for two weeks each time at about the same time of the year two years apart. In each case one out of 35 mobile garbage bins was sampled ahead of the normal collection vehicle. The content of 200 bins (out of about 7000) was sorted into 17 components. Significant reductions in paper (13.5 tonnes/week) and glass (4.2 tonnes/week) was established from the results of the two surveys, and confirmed by the tonnages of collected recyclables. The waste analysis provided a quantitative picture of the amount of waste collected, potential and status of recycling, average participation rate by householders, frequency of bins containing particular recyclables, and therefore a useful tool in the management of solid waste and recycling program.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Publisher: Australian Water & Wastewater Association
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