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[GreenYes] Models for waste monitoring

You know, now that I think about it, the best regional waste monitoring
program I¹ve ever seen is the Portland Metro system run by the Metro
Planning guys in Portland, Oregon. Their waste systems report can be found

Some historic info on the overall planning group can be found here:

The general homepage to go to is:

This stuff is well-worth checking out. I would venture to say that this is
probably one of the biggest areas we all fall down on?ie, timely, accurate,
comprehensive information (did I say timely?).

Also, if anyone¹s interested, we have an historical report on solid waste
and recycling for the Southeastern PA/Philadelphia area. See the first item
in our list of publications, The State of Commercial Solid Waste in SE PA,

David Biddle, Executive Director
Greater Philadelphia Commercial Recycling Council
P.O. Box 4037
Philadelphia, PA 19118

215-247-3090 (desk)
215-432-8225 (cell)


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on 7/31/06 11:38 AM, Helen Spiegelman at hspie@no.address wrote:

> Hello Bruce,
> I am writing from British Columbia (Canada) in response to your query about
> waste monitoring. I would like to mention a different approach to waste
> monitoring which is being explored by some progressive local governments in
> BC. Their approach is intended to provide insight into opportunities for
> Extended Producer Responsibility for waste. I am copying Raymond Gaudart on
> this message with the thought he might follow up with you and provide more
> information.
> Helen Spiegelman
> Vancouver, BC
> At 03:05 PM 7/21/2006, Bruce Middleton wrote:
>> >My organisation is assisting the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment
>> >with trialing a new model for waste monitoring in order that the Ministry
>> >can better monitor progress towards national waste targets and assess the
>> >effects of policy changes.
>> >We are looking at the concept of long-term monitoring of what we have dubbed
>> >"indicator waste catchments", which are equivalent to the American "waste
>> >sheds".
>> >A "waste catchment" is a discrete geographical area in which all of the
>> >waste that is generated is also disposed of. That is, there is no waste
>> >coming into, or going out of, the catchment. We are hoping that by
>> >monitoring the total waste stream being disposed of in a several catchments,
>> >we can
>> >eliminate all of the uncertainties that arise by monitoring either
>> >individual disposal facilities or on a larger scale, such as by county or
>> >state.
>> >Can anyone tell me if this idea has been pursued elsewhere, or is currently
>> >being used?
>> >Thanks.
>> >Bruce Middleton
>> >Waste Not Consulting
>> >PO Box 78 372
>> >Grey Lynn Auckland
>> >New Zealand
>> >Ph: 64 09 360 5188
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
> >

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