The Delaware, Knox, Marion and Morrow Solid Waste District is collecting data from its Industrial Waste Management Survey for calendar year 2013.
The survey is sent out to businesses and waste management industry to gather 2013 data on the waste production and disposal of the district.
“The district counties have a responsibility to collect accurate date to report to Ohio EPA as well as trying to get a fix on the amount of materials that are being recycled,” said DKMM District Director Larry Cooper. “It helps this district and other districts better allocate its resources.”
Surveys have been sent to business and others on several different timelines.
“Our surveys go out not only to haulers but also to generators,” Cooper said. “It goes out to processors and recyclers, It goes out to composters, and to those folks tied to the recycling of disposal of waste. We try to get information from all of those sources.”
Completing and returning the survey is voluntary, but surveys must be returned within a month. Cooper said most who receive a survey do not return it.
“We come far short of getting a 100 percent response from all the people out there,” he said. “I can’t get you an exact number, but I would say our responses fall below 50 percent.”
The data from the returned surveys is used to put together reports submitted to the OEPA, and also to let the district know how best to use their budget, if their budget has been used effectively, effectiveness of programs and where to invest in new programs.
“It’s partial information, but it paints the best picture we can put together,” he said. “As information will come in, and some of it will come in fairly late, we’ll try to incorporate that into our database.”
As surveys are still being received, analysis has not yet been done for this year. Trends in previous years have shown an propensity for the public and industry to turn to alternative methods of disposal such as recycling and composting.
“The use of district programming to provide recycling options continues to grow,” Cooper said.
Previous years’ survey reports and other publications from the Ohio EPA and DKMM Solid Waste District are available at www.dkmm.org/publications-and-resources.