The Cornell Waste Management Institute (CWMI) was established in 1987. CWMI addresses the environmental and social issues associated with waste management by focusing University resources and capabilities on this pressing economic, environmental and political issue. Through research, outreach and teaching activities, CWMI staff and affiliated researchers and educators work to develop technical solutions to waste management problems and to address broader issues of waste generation and composition, waste reduction, risk management, environmental equity and public decision-making. The focus for such work is on multidisciplinary projects that integrate research and outreach.

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Recent Submissions

  • Effectiveness of Composting as a Means of Emergency Disposal: A Literature Review 

    Schwarz, Mary; Bonhotal, Jean (5th International Symposium on Managing Animal Mortality , Products, by Products and Associated Risks, 2015)
    There has been a multitude of research conducted on different aspects of passively aerated windrow systems (PAWS) composting of mortality in the past several years. Early on, the research was concentrated on whether or not ...
  • Cornell Farm Services Compost Facility 

    Schwarz, Mary; Bonhotal, Jean (Cornell Waste Management Institute, 2009)
    The compost program at Cornell University was started to manage manure from livestock in Cornell’s care. In the past, when manure could not be daily spread, it was piled and spread when weather conditions improved. These ...
  • Hygienic Implications of Small-Scale Composting in New York State 

    Harrison, Ellen (Cornell Waste Management Institute, 2004-05)
    Small-scale composting is an effective way to recycle organic wastes generated in the home and/or community. Little research has been done to determine potential human health risk of composts generated on a small scale. ...
  • Composting Animal Mortalities 

    Bonhotal, Jean; Schwarz, Mary; Rynk, Robert (Cornell Waste Management Institute, 2014-09)
    Disposing of animal mortalities is a natural part of animal agriculture; however, it is not limited to on-farm applications. Meat processors and distributors, the fishing industry, public works and environmental managers ...
  • Concentrations of lead, cadmium and barium in urban garden-grown vegetables: The impact of soil variables 

    McBride, Murray; Shayler, Hannah; Spliethoff, Henry; Mitchell, Rebecca; Marquez-Bravo, Lydia; Ferenz, Gretchen; Russell-Anelli, Johnathan; Casey, Linda; Bachman, Sharon (Environmental Pollution, 2014-08)
    Paired vegetable/soil samples from New York City and Buffalo, NY, gardens were analyzed for lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd) and barium (Ba). Vegetable aluminum (Al) was measured to assess soil adherence. Soil and vegetable metal ...

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