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Author(s):Renkow, Mitch; Safley, Charles; Chaffin, Jeff
Author Affiliation:Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
Title:A cost analysis of municipal yard trimmings composting
Source:Compost Science & Utilization. Vol. 2, No. 2, Spring 1994, p. 22-34.
# of Pages:13
Publishing Information:Emmaus, PA: JG Press
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Yard waste; Cost efficiency; Waste management; Clipping utilization; Composting; Facilities; Quality; Landfills
Abstract/Contents:"The costs of building and operating open windrow municipal yard trimmings composting facilities of different sizes and levels of technical sophistication are analyzed. Per ton costs of composting are found to be competitive with the costs of operating a lined sanitary landfill. Unpaved, minimal tech facilities are considerably cheaper to build and operate than more sophisticated facilities; however, the low quality of the material produced by such facilities may significantly limit the amount of that product that can be marketed (or even given away). Economies of scale clearly favor more sophisticated systems at larger annual volumes. At lower annual volumes, composting systems featuring specialized equipment like compost turners and shredders are not likely to be cost effective."
See Also:Other items relating to: YARD
ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Renkow, M., C. Safley, and J. Chaffin. 1994. A cost analysis of municipal yard trimmings composting. Compost Sci. Util. 2(2):p. 22-34.
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