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Source: Data adapted from Camp Dresser & McKee Inc., 1991a, Cape May County multi-seasonal solid waste composition study (Edison, N.J. [August]); A.J. Chandler & Associates, Ltd. et al., 1993, Waste analysis, sampling, testing and evaluation (WASTE) program: Effect of waste stream characteristics on MSW incineration: The fate and behaviour of metals. Final report of the mass burn MSW incineration study (Burnaby, B.C.), Vol. 1, Summary report (Toronto [April]); and H.G. Rigo, A.J. Chandler, and S.E. Sawell, 1993, Debunking some myths about metals, in Proceedings of the 1993 International Conference on Municipal Waste Combustion

aAll values in mg/kg on an as-received basis. Values presented are based on reported results from studies in Cape May County, New Jersey and Burnaby, British Columbia. CM indicates Cape May, and BC indicates Burnaby.

bND = Not detected.

cCurrent values for mercury are close to or below the Burnaby value.

Source: Data adapted from Camp Dresser & McKee Inc., 1991a, Cape May County multi-seasonal solid waste composition study (Edison, N.J. [August]); A.J. Chandler & Associates, Ltd. et al., 1993, Waste analysis, sampling, testing and evaluation (WASTE) program: Effect of waste stream characteristics on MSW incineration: The fate and behaviour of metals. Final report of the mass burn MSW incineration study (Burnaby, B.C.), Vol. 1, Summary report (Toronto [April]); and H.G. Rigo, A.J. Chandler, and S.E. Sawell, 1993, Debunking some myths about metals, in Proceedings of the 1993 International Conference on Municipal Waste Combustion

aAll values in mg/kg on an as-received basis. Values presented are based on reported results from studies in Cape May County, New Jersey and Burnaby, British Columbia. CM indicates Cape May, and BC indicates Burnaby.

bND = Not detected.

cCurrent values for mercury are close to or below the Burnaby value.

study to another include the following:

Some quantity estimates include less toxic materials such as latex paint.

Most quantity estimates include the weight of containers, and many estimates include the containers even if they are empty.

Some quantity estimates include materials that were originally in liquid or paste form but have dried, such as dried paint and adhesives. Toxic substances can still leach from these dried materials, but drying reduces the potential leaching rate.

Strongly toxic organic materials, excluding their containers, appear to constitute well under 0.5% of MSW, and the toxic material is usually dispersed. Bulky waste typically contains no more toxic organic material than MSW, but bulky waste is more likely to contain concentrated pockets of toxic substances.

A statewide waste characterization study in Minnesota (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency 1992; Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Metropolitan Council 1993) provides a detailed accounting of the household hazardous waste materials encountered.

Most of the asbestos in normal solid waste is in old vinyl-asbestos floor coverings and asbestos shingles. Asbestos in these forms is generally not a significant hazard.

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