Faculty Advisor

Gerstenfeld, Arthur

Faculty Advisor

Vernon-Gerstenfeld, Susan

Project Center

San Jose, Costa Rica


This report, prepared for Intel of Belen, Costa Rica, explored options to reduce the waste volume that is sent to landfill from the Intel facility. The particular waste streams included cafeteria and construction waste. The following documnet addresses the necessary background, resarch methods, findings and recommendations. Through extensive research of construction best practices, physical composting, and investigating of composting systems, we established the best future options for Intel. Segregation is essential for composting to occur. Fifty percent of the waste sent to the landfill is cafeteria waste. Composting could reduce sixty percent of the cafeteria waste. For construction waste, the following document gives a model of best practices to reduce Intel's waste and includes a spreadsheet of the recycling market


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

July 2005

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department


Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs