Solid Waste Characterization Site Map
Learn about waste characterization and CalRecycle's efforts to find out how much paper, glass, food waste, etc. is discarded in the waste stream.
A list and brief synopsis of each of the waste characterization studies that have been conducted by CalRecycle and the former California Integrated Waste Management Board.
Details about solid waste characterization data collection methods approved by CalRecycle. These waste characterization methods should be employed by California jurisdictions, businesses and others interested in modeling their waste stream.
Suggested safety guidelines for performing visual and/or physical characterizations of nonhazardous solid waste from various selected garbage dumpsters, transfer stations, and sanitary landfills.
Suggested guidelines for performing visual and/or physical sorts of nonhazardous solid waste from selected garbage dumpsters, transfer stations, and sanitary landfills.
Learn about an Excel spreadsheet analysis tool jurisdictions can use in conjunction with field data collection to evaluate the material composition of the disposed C&D waste stream.
View solid waste generation rates has reported in various sources nationwide.
Use the Waste Characterization Tool
View estimates of waste composition by business group and disposed or diverted stream for a specified material type, or all materials together, for a specified California jurisdiction(s).
View waste composition estimates by material type and disposed or diverted stream for a specific business group and California jurisdiction(s).
View residential waste composition by material type and disposed stream for a specified California jurisdiction(s).
Use CalRecycle's statewide average data for business waste streams to estimate data for an individual business or group of businesses by entering employment data.
Learn about the how the waste characterization tool works, how it was developed, and important data limitations to be aware of.
Tool Nuts and Bolts
Learn more about why commercial waste composition estimates provided by the waste characterization tool do not always include all business groups in a jurisdiction.
View definitions and NAICS codes of the business groups used in recent CalRecycle waste characterization studies.
View definitions of the material types used in recent CalRecycle waste characterization studies.
A list of statewide per employee waste disposal and diversion rates for business groups.
Regional and statewide residential disposal composition by material type organized by region.
A list of California counties in each region that were used in recent CalRecycle waste characterization studies.
Comments, suggestions, questions? Contact CalRecycle waste characterization staff at email@example.com