Keeping Fort Worth, Texas Clean: Drop-Off Station Locations for the Disposal of Excess Solid Waste

Authors: Halle Leneghan*, Texas Christian University
Topics: Applied Geography
Keywords: Solid Waste, Fort Worth, Texas, Sanitation
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Presentation File: Download


Fort Worth, Texas prides itself on being clean and efficient in the collection of solid waste. Instead of trash overflowing from their bins, the Fort Worth Solid Waste Department (FWSWD) has four drop-off stations (DOS), where residents with an active sanitation account can dispose unlimited amounts of excess trash, brush, recyclables, household chemicals, and donated items. Using drop-off station user data provided by the FWSWD, my research examines the dynamics of DOS location with respect to quantity of waste, the number of visits, and the density of users in Fort Worth. There were complications with the data as well as the timeline that challenged me as an undergraduate geography major. Despite this fact, I used data visualization to compare user density to each DOS location. I also mapped statistics of tonnage and number of visits per DOS. Understanding the geography of each DOS is important for planning future DOS to achieve efficient access and determining adequate landfill space.

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