Rural SWMP Solid Waste Management Planning

I’m trying to assemble what I have used when working with rural communities on their solid waste. I hope these materials will be useful to others. These materials may be modified to suit others. Unless otherwise noted, this Rural SWMP work is licensed under a
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Of course, if you would like direct help, please feel free to contact me. If enough people want to work together on solid waste, then we can set up a category over at

As the materials are posted, I’ll index them below for easier finding. Please add your comments or questions to the posts; this will help me improve the materials.




    Bumsted, M. Pamela (Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council), Karen S. Young (Northern Pueblos Institute), and Richard Chavez (University of New Mexico / NM Engineering Research Institute, NMERI) 1992 Tribal Solid Waste Management Planning (hands-on workshop course, later used by BIA)

When I locate my copy, I will post. These revisions to the BIA / EPA Manual were made to enable non-specialists —

  • to understand the historical, chemical, physical, and cultural processes of dumping trash
  • to identify and map active and inactive dump sites
  • to accurately calculate and analyze the tribal solid waste streams (This data still seems missing in many regions. Rural communities are more complex than out of the hat figures mostly used by state or federal agencies)
  • to convey the information to the tribal councils and communities
  • to develop a workable integrated solid waste management plan for their communities
  • to assist their tribal councils and judiciary with codes and enforcement
    • We felt there was a need for modular training, so that busy people could spend a minimum time away from their regular work.
    • There was a need to be sure people got valid training and information because their time was valuable (not slacker stuff).
    • There was a need to document the existing and newly earned expertise. The expertise could be shared amongst the small communities (originally, no one thought there were environmental people in the eight northern Pueblos, but eventually the office’s mailing list approached 100 people or offices.) In addition, too often training and education programs would not build on what people knew so it was difficult to enhance tribal scientific and technical capacity. For those wishing to pursue college-level education, their training should have credit towards their academic programs.
    • The existing manuals did not provide worksheets (how are the data collected, calculated, and catalogued?)


      Interim Solid Waste Management

    In progress

  • SWMP Field rating guidelines
  • SWMP field inspection form
  • SWMP inspection transmittal letter
  • Interim rural solid waste management II, Diagrams and annotated aerial photos
  • Interim rural solid waste management IIb, Captions to illustrations
  • Interim rural solid waste management IV, Suggested Steps that Might Be Taken Immediately
  • One response to “Rural SWMP Solid Waste Management Planning

    1. I’m transferring this earlier post (March 18, 2005) from elsewhere to here–

      A crackdown on fly-tipping, Secret camera warning for tippers
      BBC NEWS | Secret camera warning for tippers: “A crackdown on fly-tipping has started in north Wales, led by Environment Agency Wales.”

      I think I have figured out the term is about dumping (“tipping”) one’s rubbish along the road, or “on the fly”, as one drives by.

      Flycapture – Initial Data June-November 2004 … Graph 1:The number of fly tips reported to Flycapture per landuse for English waste collection authorities. …

      There is a new Flickr photo group on International flytipping

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