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January 2004
This report explores the state of municipal solid waste (MSW) composting technology, examines the quality of compost produced from this technology, and presents a theoretical proposal for how such technology can be further tested within New York City.

The files below are PDF (Portable Document Format) documents; you’ll need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader leaving NYCWasteLess to display and print them.Due to the size of the file, this report is divided into the following sections:

Director’s Note/Acknowledgments

Abbreviations and Definitions

Introduction: Goal and Scope of the Project
• MSW Composting: The Basic Concept and a Brief History
• MSW Composting in the Context of New York City
• Report Structure
• Summary of Key Findings
• Conclusions

PART 1: RESEARCH PROJECT

Chapter 1: The New York City Composting Trials
• Summary
• Research Questions
• New York City Composting Trials

Chapter 2: Compost Quality
• Summary
• Research Questions
• New York State Regulatory Issues
• Quality of New York City MSW Compost
• Quality of Compost from the Surveyed Facilities
• Other Test Parameters
• Biosolids

Chapter 3: Four-Facility Survey
• Summary
• Research Questions
• Facility Surveys
• Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)

Chapter 4: Conclusions
• Summary of Key Findings
• Components of a Successful MSW-Composting Facility

PART 2: THEORETICAL NEW YORK CITY PILOT FACILITY

Chapter 5: Learning Objectives and Conceptual Design
• Summary
• Materials Recovery and Composting
• Design Considerations
• Learning Objectives
• Facility Layout and Description of Components

Chapter 6: Projected Recovery Rates
• Summary
• Projected Material-Recovery Rates
• Recovery Rates
• Projected Annual Facility Recovery Rate

Chapter 7: Cost Estimates
• Summary
• Cost Per Ton
• Financial Analysis

Endnotes

Appendix A: Waste Characterization for Composting Pilot Study
Appendix B: Marlborough Facility Scale Receipts
Appendix C: Marlborough Facility Temperature Logs
Appendix D: New York City Institutional/Commercial/Industrial Organic Waste Composting Economic and Technical Viability Final Report
Appendix E: Data on New York City’s Biosolids (2001/2002)
Appendix F: Data from the New York City Composting Trials
Appendix G: Interpretation of Waste and Compost Tests
Appendix H: Data from the Four-Facility Survey
Appendix I: Revised Preliminary Design and Cost Estimate for Material Recovery Facility Front End for Co-Composting Pilot Facility
Appendix J: Life Cycle Financial Analysis for New York City MSW Composting Facility

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