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Sources: Data from references listed at the end of this section. Note: pcd = pounds per capita per day aMost waste in this category falls within the definition of either MSW or bulky waste. Specific characteristics vary from place to place.

bBecause different information is available from different locations, the overall average is not the sum of the averages for the individual waste types.

Sources: Data from references listed at the end of this section. Note: pcd = pounds per capita per day aMost waste in this category falls within the definition of either MSW or bulky waste. Specific characteristics vary from place to place.

bBecause different information is available from different locations, the overall average is not the sum of the averages for the individual waste types.

Bulky waste also has the potential to degrade esthetic values, occupy valuable space, and pollute the environment. In addition, bulky waste may pose a fire hazard.

MSW is a potential source of the following useful materials:

• Raw materials to produce manufactured goods

• Feed stock for composting and mulching processes

Bulky waste has the same potential uses except for composting feed stock.

The fundamental challenge of solid waste management is to minimize the potential negative effects while maximizing the recovery of useful materials from the waste at a reasonable cost.

Conformance with simple, standard procedures for the storage and handling of MSW largely prevents the promotion of disease-causing microorganisms and the attrac

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