Characterization of waste materials originating from Quebec supermarkets and an assessment of recycling potential

Authors: Norrie, Jeffrey; Lafortune, P.; Beauchamp, Chantal Jeanne
Abstract: This study evaluated, both qualitatively and quantitatively, waste materials from several major Quebec grocery stores. Averaged over nine sampling dates, cardboard, paper and wood products represented 43 and 74% of waste material, based on weight and volume, respectively while organic matter including fruits, vegetables, baked goods and meat products represented 40 and 10% of waste material based on weight and volume. Plastics, wrapping and bagging materials, represented over 7 and 13% of waste material based on weight and volume, respectively, and other recyclable waste materials such as glass, metal and various miscellaneous objects, represented 4 and 2% of waste material based on weight and volume. On average, 60.6 kg waste/employee per week was generated by the three stores. Store size was not a determining factor in the composition of grocery store waste material. These results suggest that costs associated with supermarket waste disposal may be substantially reduced by source-separation of recyclable and compostable materials while reducing pressure for incineration or landfill. Therefore, the adoption of recycling and source-separation programs, and studies to determine problems and costs associated with the implementation of such programs are recommended.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 5 June 1998
Open Access Date: Restricted access
Document version: VoR
This document was published in: Resources, Conservation & Recycling, Vol. 19 (4), 265–277 (1997)
Alternative version: 10.1016/S0921-3449(96)01192-5
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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