SCS to Conduct Waste Characterisation Study

Study to Help City of Chula Vista, California Increase Recycling & Composting

SCS Engineers, has secured a contract with the City of Chula Vista to carry out a waste characterisation study to ascertain which waste materials that typically end up in the landfill could reasonably be diverted to recycling or organic management programs.

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California based environmental consulting firm, SCS Engineers, has secured a contract with the City of Chula Vista to carry out a waste characterisation study to ascertain which waste materials that typically end up in the landfill could reasonably be diverted to recycling or organic management programs.

According to the company the study will provide representative sampling, sorting, data collection, and reporting of the solid waste generated by residential, commercial and self-haul customers. The materials will be characterized and quantified in accordance with the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CalRecycle) Solid Waste Studies criteria.

To help the City develop diversion programs, SCS said that it will provide a recoverability analysis of the waste, with waste materials classified into four groups:

  • Recyclable materials – Paper, plastic and metals
  • Compostable materials – Organic material that are appropriate for municipal composting programs
  • Potentially recoverable – Materials for which methods or technologies exist for recycling, reuse or other beneficial use but are not currently recovered
  • Non-Recoverable materials – Materials that are not easily recovered or diverted.


“The City of Chula Vista already diverts two-thirds of its solid waste to recycling and other programs,” commented  Michelle Leonard, a vice president at SCS. “This new study will help the City continue to improve the way it deals with waste and helps ensure compliance with new state requirements.”


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