Identifying, Quantifying, and Mapping Food Residuals from Connecticut Businesses and Institutions: An Organics Recycling Planning Tool

From the web site.

The Connecticut DEEP has identified the need to capture institutional and commercial food scrap in order to increase recycling rates and to avoid the need for expanded waste incineration and disposal.

Toward this end, the Department funded a project in 2001 that identified, quantified, and mapped all of the large-scale commercial and institutional locations in Connecticut where potentially recyclable food scrap is generated, and matched those sources against the state’s transportation network and current composting infrastructure.

In the spring of 2012, this project was updated with the help of the EPA Region 1 using 2011 data.  An entrepreneur, composter, hauler or waste manager can not only see where food generators are located, but can use the information to line-up new accounts, select the right collection vehicles, design efficient transportation routes, and choose logical locations to site new organics recycling facilities.  Both the original and updated sets of maps, data, and reports are available on this webpage.

Report
Explains the methods used to analyze, compare, add, combine, and organize the data as well as describes the sources for the data, its parameters, validation and mapping.

Updated Mapping of Food Residual Generation in Connecticut  (Final Report, Spring 2012, EPA Region 1)

Database
An Excel spreadsheet containing an updated and expanded list of food scrap generators and permitted food residual recycling facilities.  It includes more generator types than the original database and contains over 3,300 individual businesses and institutions.  Data was acquired by EPA during 2011.  Individual generator data will not be updated on any regular schedule, however, a statewide update may occur periodically as resources allow. Locations of food residual composting and anaerobic digestion facilities will be added to the database and map as they receive appropriate permits from DEEP.

Excel Spreadsheet (3,060 KB; XLS) (Requires Microsoft Excel for full functionality, or download a free Microsoft Excel Viewer for view and print functions only)

Shapefiles
GIS data for the food residual generators contained in the database is available on our GIS Data Download web page.  Find it under the “Recycling & Composting” category in the drop-down menu.

Interactive GIS Map
This is an interactive GIS map which is based on data from the afore-mentioned database. It contains layers for displaying generator types (i.e. grocers, prisons, schools, etc.), and displays information about each generator and food scrap recycling facility located on the map.  Using the map is self explanatory.  Choose features along the top of the map to display different layers, view the legend, change the base map or read details about the map data. This is a large file and may take a few seconds to load completely.  NOTE: This map is best viewed using the latest versions of Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browsers. It will not display well using Internet Explorer.  

Interactive GIS Map of Food Residual Generators and Permitted Food Residual Recycling Facilities in Connecticut

 

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