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Other Infrastructure Subattributes
What does solid waste include?
Solid wastes are divided into two groups depending on their origins and characteristics: industrial (both non hazardous and hazardous) and municipal wastes. Wastes from small businesses engaging in commercial activity, for example, restaurants, multifamily housing units, as well as single units are classified as MSW (municipal solid waste).
How does solid waste affect environmental sustainability?
Management is very important to sustainability in the developed world,
since places like the US and North Carolina produces huge amount of
solid waste annually, while land available for landfill sites is
limited. With depleting landfill capacity within the state, currently
North Carolina exports its waste to other states. This would not only
impose costs to the local governments, thus their people, but also
suggests unsustainable solid waste management practice in the counties.
Further, it may suggest that North Carolinians are less responsible for
What are the sub-attributes of solid waste?
The links below take you to the solid waste databases.
Percent Waste Recycled
Percent Waste Amount Changed
What other indicators should be considered?
These solid waste indicators are only one part of the attributes on sustainable solid waste management practice in a county, leaving the industrial and hazardous wastes part untouched. Further inclusion of these categories of wastes may provide complete picture of sustainable waste management practice.
Examine the solid waste sub-attribute databases.
|Author: Justin Strickland and edited by Elisa Mayes|