Nationwide Feedstock Study

Information and resources for partnering organizations and facilities

Do you own or operate a waste disposal facility in the United States?

Cascadia is leading a study funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to create municipal solid waste (MSW) resource-shed maps that cover the range of values of each key characteristic relevant to production of conversion-ready feedstocks and that accurately capture variability of waste. We are presently recruiting waste disposal facilities in each of the nation's four major climate zones (continental, dry, temperate, and tropical) to ensure representation across the country. If you are interested in learning more or would like to participate in this study, please provide your relevant information by clicking the link below. Your information will be used exclusively for communications related to this study and will not be shared or publicized.

About Cascadia

Bringing more than 30 years of experience designing and delivering investment-grade waste stream research, Cascadia is a national leader in designing and conducting waste characterization studies.

We have designed and managed over 500 characterization studies for over 100 distinct clients nationwide—from comprehensive city, county, and state-wide municipal solid waste, recycling, and organics studies to industrial feedstock analyses, facility and generator audits, residuals research, pilot program evaluations, contamination studies, and take-back program review. We are experts at planning and executing rigorous in-field studies that collect accurate and representative data safely, cleanly, efficiently, and on schedule—all while minimizing disruptions to day-to-day operations.

Our studies are grounded in a core set of guiding principles and adapted to suit the scope, scale, and focus of each client’s unique information needs. We have conducted research on single-family, multi-family, self-hauled, commercial, institutional, industrial, parks, beaches, and storm drainage systems; performed sampling and sorting in landfills, transfer stations, MRFs, composting facilities, and at curbsides and generator sites; and have collected and analyzed data on a multitude of material streams, including disposed MSW, recycling, organics/composting, C&D, residuals, HHW, marine debris, and litter.

Cascadia has 30 years of experience in waste characterization study design, field sampling, data analysis, and reporting and has managed over 500 characterization studies. Our clients include Washington State, Georgia, Rhode Island, Minnesota, and California; dozens of cities nationally from New York to Honolulu (including 9 of the 10 largest cities in the US); and several fortune 500 companies. Through this work we have built trust with transfer, processing, and disposal site staff across the country, enabling safe and efficient execution of even the largest and most complex sampling plans.

Safety is our priority. Cascadia has developed a comprehensive Health and Safety Plan for conducting material composition studies at solid waste facilities that are owned and managed by non-governmental agencies. Our crews come prepared with approved PPE, are trained in safety procedures specific to each site, and are instructed to stop work if conditions become unsafe. These practices reduce risk for our team as well as for the facilities that we visit. Our teams travel with all necessary equipment, and we build in time for post-sort clean-up, minimizing the need to disrupt the workflows and operations of staff at the facilities we visit.

We are committed to quality, from planning and coordination to in-field data collection, data analysis, and reporting. Our quality control measures are comprehensive and designed to provide multiple checks across data intake and entry processes, and our proprietary, cloud-based waste composition database (OSCAR) features built-in QA/QC protocols that further reduce risk. Over 30 years, our team has earned a reputation for producing reliable, representative data that clients can use with confidence for planning, policymaking, programmatic design, and evaluation.

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