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Waste characterisation: Statistical basis for obtaining representative samples

Ho, G.ORCID: 0000-0001-9190-8812 (1995) Waste characterisation: Statistical basis for obtaining representative samples. In: Waste Stream Analysis Conference, 22 - 23 November, Brisbane, QLD, Australia



Reliable quantitative information on waste is a prerequisite to the practice of sound waste management. This point is clearly illustrated when the objective of reducing waste to landfill was promulgated. No reliable information on the amount of waste then disposed to landfill was available (Department of Commerce and Trade and Western Australian Municipal Association 1993). In the case of the domestic waste stream, much effort has been directed at recovering the recyclables (glass, metals, newspaper and plastics) with the hope of significantly reducing the amount having to be landfilled. As more information on landfilled domestic waste composition becomes available, it becomes clear that the organic components (food waste, garden waste and paper products) form the major part of domestic waste. These components are also those that create potential problems when landfilled, attracting pests and disease vectors, producing leachate, smouldering fires and greenhouse gases. Attention to recycling the organic components would overcome the problems and achieve the target of reducing waste to landfill by half (Ho et al., 1993).

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Environmental Science
Publisher: Queensland Department of Heritage and Environment
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