Understanding the waste stream - its composition, characteristics and volume - is the first step to cost-effective and environmentally-responsible materials management through waste reduction, reuse, recycling, composting and minimal disposal. Each component of the collection and processing system must match the functional requirements dictated by the expected capture rate and form of the targeted materials. This applies not only to the equipment and facilities, but to the system of policies, regulations, ordinances, operating rules, contract specifications and user instructions that make that system work - that “design the waste stream”.

JMI staff have the first hand practical experience, knowledge and analytical tools required to characterize, forecast and occasionally sort these waste streams. JMI then develops the technical, financial, regulatory and social framework our clients need to manage those waste streams as resources - feeding into material procurement and product stewardship strategies for end-markets.