California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Waste Characterization

Service Sector: Estimated Solid Waste Generation and Disposal Rates

NOTE: More recent estimates for waste disposal, diversion, and generation rates are available for a limited number of business groups. These can be found in Table 2 of CalRecycle's 2006 Waste Disposal and Diversion Findings for Selected Industry Groups.

The data on this page is not official CalRecycle data; please read our disclaimer and background information.

Also see listings for Commercial / Industrial / Institutional / Residential establishments.

Waste Generation Source Gen. Rate Units of Measure Source
Date
Source Notes
Golf course 0.5 lb/golfer/day Apr. 1992 Stevenson Ranch Draft Enviromental Impact Report (EIR) (Phase IV) , LA County EIR cites source as Ultrasystems
Hotel 2 lb/room/day Apr. 1992 Stevenson Ranch Draft EIR (Phase IV) , LA County EIR cites source as Ultrasystems
Hotel/motel 4 lb/room/day Dec. 1991 Draft EIR for North Hills Development (Santa Clarita) EIR cites City of LA Bureau of Solid Waste, 1989, as source; assumes 750 SF/room
Hotel/motel 2 lb/room/day May 1997 Guide to Solid Waste and Recycling Plans for Development Projects (Santa Barbara County Public Works Department) Cites SWANA Tech. Bull. 85-6; Recovery Sciences, 1987; and Matrix Mgmt Group, "Best Management Practices Analysis for Solid Waste"
Motel 3.6 lb/unit/day Apr. 1993 Draft EIR for South Gate Commercial Corridors Redevelopment Project Cites City of LA Dept. of City Planning document "EIR Manual for Private Projects" as source
Other services* 3.12 lb/100 sq ft /day May 1997 Guide to Solid Waste and Recycling Plans for Development Projects (Santa Barbara County Public Works Department) Cites SWANA Tech. Bull. 85-6; Recovery Sciences, 1987; and Matrix Mgmt Group, "Best Management Practices Analysis for Solid Waste
Restaurant 1 lb/seat/day Apr. 1992 Stevenson Ranch DEIR (Phase IV), LA County EIR cites source as Ultrasystems; assumes 50% of restaurant is seating and 16 SF/seat
Restaurant 0.005 lb/sq ft/day Dec. 1991 Draft EIR for North Hills Development (Santa Clarita) EIR cites City of LA Bureau of Solid Waste, 1989, as source
Restaurant (fast food) 17 lb/employee /day May 1997 Guide to Solid Waste and Recycling Plans for Development Projects (Santa Barbara County Public Works Department) Cites SWANA Tech. Bull. 85-6; Recovery Sciences, 1987; and Matrix Mgmt Group, "Best Management Practices Analysis for Solid Waste"

* Includes museums, art galleries, theaters, recreational services, health clubs, repair services.

CalRecycle does not officially endorse any of the waste generation rates in the preceding table, and cannot validate their accuracy. However, they may be useful in providing a general level of information for planning purposes.

The table contains information extracted from various sources, which are cited. Please note that several of the documents listed were developed by city or county planning or environmental departments. Your city or county planning or environmental agency may be a source of information for a local project.

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Last updated: January 16, 2013
Solid Waste Characterization, http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/WasteChar/
Nancy Carr: Nancy.Carr@calrecycle.ca.gov (916) 341-6216