Currently Funded Projects

Effective and Complete Decomposition of Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances and Byproducts in Incineration
Investigator: University of Missouri
Start Date: March 2023
Award Amount: $140,000

PFAS Release for Spent Granular Activated Carbons in Solid Waste Management Facilities
Investigator: University of Maine
Start Date: January 2023
Award Amount: $150,000

Characterization and Co-digestion of the Organic Fraction of MSW to Facilitate Organic Diversion from Landfills and Enhance Biogas Production
Investigator: Bucknell University
Start Date: November 2022
Award Amount: $159,983

Development of a Fast-Open Source Model to Assess Heat Generation from Alternative Landfill Disposal Strategies
Investigator: North Carolina State University
Start Date: June 2022
Award Amount:

Comparison of Field Measurements to Methane Emissions Models at Municipal Solid Waste Landfills
Investigator: North Carolina State University
Start Date: March 2022
Award Amount: $46,000

Converting Off-Specification Coal Ash and Incinerator Ash into High-Value Blended Cementitious Materials through Enhanced CO2 Uptake
Investigator: Missouri University of Science and Technology
Start Date: January 2022
Award Amount: $150,000

Does the Disposal of PFAS-containing Special Wastes Impact Leachate PFAS Concentrations?
Investigator: North Carolina State University
Start Date: January 2022
Award Amount: $261,992

Assessing Diurnal Variations in Methane Emissions from Landfills and Impact on Whole Landfill Emissions Estimates
Investigators: University of Delaware; Yolo County, CA; University of Southampton
Start Date: January 2022
Award Amount: $149,000

Economic and Environmental Comparison of Emerging Plastic Waste Management Technologies
Investigator: North Carolina State University
Start Date: October 2021
Award Amount: $110,000

PFAS Behavior in Solid Waste Combustion Treatment at Landfills
Investigators: University of Vermont; Sanborn Head & Associates; Weston Solutions; North Carolina State University
Start Date: September 2021
Award Amount: $215,000

Understanding, Managing, and Preventing Clogging of Landfill Systems with Black Sticky Material (aka “Black Goo”)
Investigator: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Start Date: September 2021
Award Amount: $165,000

Converting Textile Waste to Pumpable Slurry for Biogas Production
Investigator: North Carolina State University
Start Date: September 2021
Award Amount: $135,000

Novel Methods for the Recycling and Upcycling of Reclaimed Mixed Stream Polyesters
Investigator: Michigan State University
Start Date: April 2021
Award Amount: $200,000

Developing a Robust Curbside Composting Program with Behavioral Science
Investigator: Duke University
Start Date: March 2021
Award Amount: $150,000

Research to Improve Compost Facility Air Emissions Permitting
Investigator: Engineered Compost Systems (ECS)
Start Date: February 2021
Award Amount: $225,000

Non-Recyclable Plastics to Pavements
Investigator: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Start Date: TBD
Award Amount: $161,075

Techno-Economic Evaluation of Supercritical Water Oxidation for Landfill Leachate and Condensate Management
Investigator: Duke University
Start Date: October 2020
Award Amount: $152,000

Effectiveness of Landfill Liners to Control Transport of PFAS
Investigator: University of Virginia
Start Date: Jan 2020
Award Amount: $142,000

Repair Strategies for Waste Transfer Station Concrete Overlay
Investigator: North Carolina State University
Start Date: Mar 2020
Award Amount: $195,000

Innovative Technologies to Treat Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Landfill Leachate
Investigator: Clarkson University
Start Date: Feb 2020
Award Amount: $145,000

Investigator: Stony Brook University
Start Date: September 2019
Award Amount: $149,984

Recycling, Contamination, Markets and MRFs: Practical Strategies for Communities, Non-Profits, and MRFs
Investigator: Skumatz Economic Research Associates, Inc.
Start Date: October 2019
Award Amount: $135,000

Development of Recognizable Recycled Paper Based Containerboard Products and Their Ability to Promote Positive Brand Recognition
Investigator: North Carolina State University
Award Amount: $165,000

Recovering High Value Acids from Anaerobic Co-digestion of Municipal Solid and Grease Interceptor Waste Using an Electrically Driven Separation Process
Investigators: North Carolina State University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Start Date: May 2019
Award Amount: $167,00

Rapid and Cost-Effective Approach to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Wastewater and Treatment Byproduct Solidification and Stabilization
Investigators: University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University & EPRI
Start Date: March 2019
Award Amount: $185,000

MSW Combustion Ash Co-Disposal with Unburned Waste: Implications for Elevated Temperature Landfills
Investigator: University of Central Florida
Start Date: December 1, 2018
Award Amount: $140,000

Evaluation and Management of High-Moisture Waste Disposal in Municipal Solid Waste Landfills
Investigator: Colorado State University and the University of Virginia
Start Date: November 2018
Award Amount: $235,000

Developing High-Yield and Resilient Anaerobic Co-Digestion of Alternative Wastes
Investigator: North Carolina State University
Start Date: October 2018
Award Amount: $155,000

Development of Test Methods to Characterize Heat Production from Special Wastes Disposed in Landfills
Investigator: North Carolina State University
Start Date: September 2018
Award Amount: $352,000

Gas Mapping Lidar and Tracer Correlation Methods for Landfill Methane Emissions Quantification
Investigator: Bridger Photonics and University of Delaware
Start Date: April 2018
Award Amount: $240,000


Risks of Food Waste Recovery: Characterizing the Contaminants in MSW Organics from Different Sources
Investigator: University of Maine
Start Date: April 2018
Award Amount: $143,000

Renewable Energy from Waste: A Study of Landfill Gas Purification by Hybrid Porous Materials
Investigator: California State University, Long Beach
Start Date: October 2017
Award Amount: $125,000

Liner Systems for Aggressive Coal Combustion Product Leachates
Investigator: George Mason University
Start Date: October 2017
Award Amount: $150,000

Comparative Microbiology of Typical and Elevated Temperature Landfills
Investigator: University of Illinois, Chicago
Start Date: March 2017
Award Amount: $120,000

Mineralogy Optimization for Metal and Chloride Immobilization in Co-Disposed Flue Gas Desulfurization Brines and Bituminous Coal Fly Ash
Investigator: Georgia Institute of Technology
Start Date: November 2016
Award Amount: $195,917

Development and Assessment of Cost-Effective Sustainable Integrated Organics Management Strategies
Investigators: North Carolina State University
Start Date: March 2016
Award Amount: $127,525

Understanding and Predicting Temperatures in Municipal Solid Waste Landfills
Investigators: University of Virginia, North Carolina State University, City College of New York, Geosyntec Consultants
Start Date: December 2014
Award Amount: $1,060,591

Expert Review of Wisconsin’s Landfill Organic Stability Rule
Investigators: Colorado State University
Start Date: September 2014
Award Amount: $32,000

Immobilization of Heavy Metals by Solidification/Stabilization in Challenging Coal Fly Ash and in Co-Disposed Coal Fly Ash and Concentrated Brines
Investigators: Georgia Tech Research Corporation
Start Date: March 2013
Award Amount: $160,000