Award Date

3-1997

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Environmental Science

Advisor 1

Dr. James Deacon, Distinguished Professor Chair, Department of Environmental Studies

Number of Pages

27

Abstract

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas is a major producer of organic waste in the Las Vegas Valley. Composting landscape wastes is one way to reduce both landfill dumping and fertilizer costs for the university. It is also an environmentally friendly means of curbing a nationwide problem: unnecessary use of landfill space. Three sites within Clark County were analyzed for the feasibility of composting: Frenchman Mountain, UNLV Campus, and Boulder City Landfill. Using cost analysis, water availability, and other factors to analyze each site, Boulder City Landfill appears to be the best place to house UNLV's composting operation. Composting in Boulder City offers a low cost, low maintenance means of disposing of UNLV's landscape wastes. Unfortunately, it offers little opportunity of establishing a composting educational program for Clark County citizens.

Keywords

Compost; Nevada – Boulder City; University of Nevada; Las Vegas; Yard waste

Disciplines

Environmental Sciences | Natural Resources and Conservation | Sustainability

Language

English


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