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Waste Characterization, 1990

The 1990 New York City Waste Composition Study was conducted as a response to Local Law 19 of 1989, which mandated that the City set a recycling goal of 25 percent of the waste stream. The report reflects DSNY’s efforts to accurately characterize NYC’s waste stream and evaluate existing waste management systems before developing more effective management systems.

The report surveys the methodology developed for the waste composition study; presents a brief description of NYC waste generation and composition; summarizes the results obtained for the residential, institutional, and commercial waste streams; and discusses the solid waste management policy implications.

The study results were used to implement recycling feasibility studies, pilot and demonstration projects, and full-scale facilities, as well as marketing campaigns to promote NYC residential recycling.

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