Waste Types Included

This chapter focuses on two major types of solid waste: municipal solid waste (MSW) and bulky waste. MSW comprises small and moderately sized solid waste items from homes, businesses, and institutions. For the most part, this waste is picked up by general collection trucks, typically compactor trucks, on regular routes.

Bulky waste consists of larger items of solid waste, such as mattresses and appliances, as well as smaller items generated in large quantity in a short time, such as roofing shingles. In general, regular trash collection crews do not pick up bulky waste because of its size or weight.

Bulky waste is frequently referred to as C&D (construction and demolition) waste. The majority of bulky waste generated in a given area is likely to be C&D waste. In areas where regular trash collection crews take anything put out, the majority of bulky waste arriving separately at disposal facilities is C&D waste. In areas where the regular collection crews are less accommodating, however, substantial quantities of other types of bulky waste, such as furniture and appliances, arrive at disposal facilities in separate loads.

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