Materials Management Goal 1: reduce the amount of solid waste generated
Estimates of MSW disposal rates for each of the seven North Country counties, as reported by the Planning Units, are presented in Table 8-3. As noted, some counties include C&D materials in their per capita disposal calculations, which can contribute to inflated reported values. For consistent future reporting, it is recommended that planning units use the same methodologies to calculate these two metrics, such as those provided by NYSDEC. In addition, rural areas tend to generate a greater amount of agricultural waste, which is combined with the total MSW disposal rates. This makes rural residents appear to be larger waste generators. To provide a more representative average, the per capita disposal rate for each county was weighted according to population.
Per capita MSW disposal rate (excludes recycled MSW and construction and demolition [C&D] materials). As defined by NYSDEC, MSW includes materials generated by the residential, commercial, and institutional sectors; it does not include C&D debris, biosolids (or sewage sludge), or industrial waste. Monitoring disposal rates for MSW provides data on citizen awareness of materials disposal options and, therefore, can be used as an indirect indicator for other non-MSW waste streams. Furthermore, every reduction in the amount of MSW disposed, provides direct benefits in terms of reduced GHG emissions, energy savings, and reduced cost to transport and manage those materials.
As shown in table 8-3 (on following page), the regional disposal rate is estimated to be approximately 3.2 pounds per person per day, which is 0.9 pounds per person per day less than the New York State average. Assessed individually, only Clinton and Hamilton counties exceed the state rate. These two counties attribute their higher rates to the inclusion of C&D waste in their totals, as well • as to the influx of the seasonal and tourist population • associated with the Adirondack Park, which has approx- • imately 200,000 seasonal residents and receives 7 to 10 million tourist visits annually (Visit Adirondacks 2013).
suggested targets In line with the goals set in NYSDEC’s Beyond Waste, this plan strives to achieve a progressive reduction in the amount of MSW destined for disposal, to 0.6 pounds per person per day by 2030 (NYSDEC 2010a). The per capita disposal rate targets are: 1.7 pounds per person-day by 2020 0.5 pounds per person-day by 2035 0.1 pounds per person-day by 2050
North Country Region Sustainability Plan