Solid Waste Characterization Database
Residential Waste Disposal RatesThe table below contains values for residential waste disposal rates computed as part of the 1999 Statewide Waste Characterization Study. Per capita disposal rates were estimated for each of the five regions defined in the study--see the study for an explanation of how the regions were selected. A single statewide disposal rate for multifamily units (MFU) of 0.46 tons/unit/year was also computed. This rate should be used for all jurisdictions.
The table lists the counties and the regions to which each county was assigned, along with the estimated per capita disposal rates. Disposal rates are affected by a number of factors. Thus, these rates should only be used for planning purposes to aid in the design and development of solid waste programs. They should not be used as a measurement tool--see data limitations for more information.
|County||Region||Per Capita Disposal Rate
|Contra Costa||Bay Area||0.42|
|San Francisco||Bay Area||0.42|
|San Joaquin||Central Valley||0.36|
|San Luis Obispo||Southern||0.41|
|San Mateo||Bay Area||0.42|
|Santa Clara||Bay Area||0.42|
Also, please see average or estimated waste generation rates for businesses and residences. (Different than disposal rates.)