(Determination of amount and composition of municipal solid waste)

Municipal solid waste consists of daily household and commercial waste, bulky waste, waste from street cleansing, residues of sorting plants, etc. These waste types are complex and heterogeneous mixtures of different components, with changing compositions depending on spatial and temporary circumstances. Waste analyses allow to determine the material composition of wastes and to describe technical and physico-chemical waste properties.

Amount and composition of municipal solid waste of a certain city or region can be determined by sorting a representative sample, based on statistical survey and analysis methods. Up to now, national or international standards do not exist. Some of the German states, e.g. Brandenburg, Saxony or North Rhine-Westphalia have set up guidelines for the performance of waste analyses. ARGUS played a major role in the development of the Brandenburg and the Saxony guideline.

ARGUS is one of the leading consultants in Germany in the field of waste analyses. On international level ARGUS contributed statistical and practical know-how to the EU research project S.W.A.Tool (Development of a methodological tool to enhance the precision and comparability of Solid Waste Analysis data).

Selected references:
1.   Investigation of the daily household and commercial waste in the city of Berlin
2.   Residual waste analysis in the city of Potsdam
3.   S.W.A.-Tool: Manual for waste analyses in Europe