CalRecycle Statewide Waste Studies

Location: California


Designing and conducting California's statewide studies of major waste generators

Since 1998, Cascadia has designed and implemented four statewide waste characterization studies for CalRecycle. The focus of the studies has spanned most aspects of materials management, from quantifying and characterizing waste from different sources statewide, to conducting detailed regional waste compositions, to drilling down on specific waste streams that contain large amounts of recoverable material. Our work gives CalRecycle a detailed window into waste and recycling flows across the state—allowing them to learn from successes, identify challenges, and plan for the future.

Most recently, Cascadia led a team in designing and conducting California's 2014 statewide study. This most recent round built on our previous work with CalRecycle to further improve the State’s understanding of waste flows and composition. Cascadia managed all elements of this massive project, from recruiting the participation of hundreds of businesses and hand-sorting garbage and recycle samples to analyzing the resulting data and presenting detailed findings.

Working with Cascadia was excellent from the very beginning to the very end. They kept up with what was going on, they communicated with me when there were problems, and they proposed solutions. Wrapping up the project—I couldn’t believe it. The report was on target.”

Laurel Andrews
Cascadia offers a full suite of capabilities, skills, and problem-solving to help you optimize resource use, eliminate waste, and save money.
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