Assessing the Relationship between the Locations of Municipal Solid Waste Landfill Sites and the Socio-Economic Status of the Surrounding Communities

Authors: Jazmin Jackson*,
Topics: Urban Geography
Keywords: solid waste, landfill, socioeconomic, demographics, municipal, infrastructure
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Gallier B, Sheraton, 4th Floor
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There are over 6,000 landfills and waste transfer stations in the United States that accept municipal solid waste for disposal (MSW). Before a landfill is placed in an area, specific regulatory criteria have to be met before it is approved. A few of these guidelines that are considered when siting a landfill are accessibility, environmental vulnerability, land use, and zoning laws. Due to these specific guidelines that are set, potential landfill site locations are limited. While environmental and technical factors are considered during the process of landfill placement, socio-economic factors, may also influence where a landfill is placed. Using a variety of socio-economic and demographic data, this study will explore the relationship between the locations of (MSW) landfill sites and socio-economic factors to determine if there is a correlation between (MSW) landfill sites and the socio-economic status of the surrounding communities.

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