GRN Recycle Talk FAQ

Date: Tue Dec 10 1996 - 07:18:00 EST

Date: Tue, 10 Dec 96 12:18 WET
Subject: Re: Feasibility Study (Sami Araji)

December 10, 1996

Sami Araji:

What you ask for is generally a complex process of auditing your waste streams - deciding whether to include just residential, residential and commercial, whether to include construction debris, and special materials such as tires, used oil, white goods - and designing a preliminary plan and a pilot study to test it.
The feasibility analysis involves surveying public and commercial, corporate and governmental opinion on the desireability of a waste management approach that includes reducing waste, then recycling it, then composting it, then burning or landfilling it (in the US and some other countries) or whether to adopt a plan that responds to local conditions and opinions, or whether to try to change behavior in a desired direction.
It also involves surveying existing waste management resources, corporate self-policed segments of waste management, and a host of other variables.
Consultants who conduct feasibility analyses on a national basis are well-known in the waste management community and at the Research Library for RCRA.

A typical outline would include:

1. Identify program goals
2. Characterize recyclable quantities, compositiona and accessibility
3. Assess and generate political support
4. Assess markets and market development strategies (as well as who is best situated to implement them) for recyclables
5. Assess and choose technologies for collection and processing of each waste stream or each recyclable commodity or material
6. Develop a budget and an organization capable of serving the entire area under consideration; time and place variables; phased approaches, etc.
7. Address local conditions, especially legal and siting, health and safety, transportation issues.
8. Develop a start-up approach.
9. Implement an education and a publicity program.
10. Begin either the program or a pilot program.
11. Supervise an ongoing program or evaluate the pilot program and decide on modifications.
12. Continue/modify education and publicity.
13. Evaluate the program at least annually with input from all stakeholders and implementers.

I hope that this helps. Feel free to contact the Research Library for RCRA if you have more specific questions.

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