Analysis of Municipal Waste Sites and Landfills in the United States

  • ID: 316922
  • Report
  • Region: North America, United States
  • 52 Pages
  • Corporate Development Associates
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The purpose of this report is to present our findings about the status of landfill mining in the United States and to and to assist potential market participants in analyzing the potential for this market.

In order to fully assess not only the viability of entering thismarket, but the opportunities for growth this market offers, a number of factors needed to be evaluated. Included in this evaluation are such factors as the generation of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) in the US, the trends in the number of US MSW sites, applicable federal and state regulations, key participants in the MSW treatment and disposal business, current and recent landfill mining projects, and the views of experts on the opportunities for such endeavors.

Finally, based on extensive research and interviewing of industry experts, CDA has postulated a barrier analysis assessing the feasibility of entering this business andwhat the major obstacles are.

Sources of information and data for this analysis were reports issues by the Environmental Protection Agency, state governments, trade publications, investment analysts reports, technical articles, as well as interviews with trade personnel and waste management experts. It is interesting to note that while current data about the status of waste management in the US is plentiful, extensive writing about landfill mining per se ended in 1997, coincidental with the enactment of the Clean Air Act which included regulations regarding landfills.
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Section I: OVERVIEW OF THE MSW SITUATION IN THE US
Generated Solid Waste (1996-2002)
MSW Disappearance
MSW By Type
Waste to Energy Plants
Landfill Tipping Fees

Section 2: US LANDFILL SITES ANALYSIS
Current Landfills Operating in the US (2003)
Recently Closed Landfills Operating in the US (2003)

Section 3: INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
Overview Of The Solid Waste Business
Volume Distribution by Company and Other Ownership
Landfill Ownership and Waste management
Companies Ownership of Private Sector MSW Landfill Sites
MSW Sites Ownership by Capacity
"Big 3"Key Areas of Leverage (Waste Management, Allied Waste, Republic Management"

Section 4: LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS
Federal Regulations for MSW Landfill Operations
Summary Of RCRA (Most Applicable Regulations)
The Hazard Ranking System
State Regulations

Section 5: LANDFILL MINING DISCUSSION
Benefits/Drawbacks of Landfill Mining
History Of US Landfill Mining Projects
Landfill Mining Case Studies
Collier County Case Study
Alternative Landfill Mining Approach
EPA Recommended Procedure for Launching a Land Mining Project
EPA Recommended Budget Elements
Potential Economic Benefits of Landfill Mining Projects

Section 6: POTENTIAL SOURCES OF FUNDING/FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
EPA Recommended Resources

Section 7: BARRIER ANALYSIS
Government Policy
Industry Structure
Technical Issues
Operational Issues
Marketing

Section 8: CONCLUSIONS, RECOMMENDATIONS AND RECOMMENDED NEXT STEPS

Appendix A: FEDERAL REGULATIONS REGARDING LANDFILLS

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