About Garbage in the Garden State

This set of maps visualize over three decades of waste and recycling tonnage data. By mapping quantitative waste and recycling figures alongside other ecological, land use, and demographic data, users will be able to explore trends in New Jersey's waste management history as they have changed over time and space.

The underlying data being displayed includes solid waste tonnage data by county and disposal facility, and recycling tonnage data by municipality, for the years 1993-2016. The data can be found here. The supplementary materials folder available for download on Mendeley includes the waste and recycling data, a brief essay that explains the type of modeling that could be undertaken using the dataset, and several geospatial files that will allow users to visualize the solid waste data using ESRI products.

For an in-depth examination of New Jersey's solid waste management data, see "New Jersey's waste management data: retrospect and prospect," (Howell et al., 2019).

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Interact with 20 years worth of data about trash and recycling in the state of New Jersey.

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