Recent and Current Projects

Hinkley Center Projects

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Municipal Public Works Waste Streams :  The work will characterize the presence, diversity, and magnitude of PFAS in public work waste steams, including wastewater treatment sludge (biosolids), drinking water sludge, recovered screened material (RSM), street sweepings, and compost.

Characterization and Management of Per- and Polyfluorinated Alkyl Substances (PFAS) Remediation Residuals: The researchers will conduct  experiments to address data gaps of PFAS mobility and destruction using widespread remediation practices 

Understanding the Environmental Impacts of Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement: Exploration of constituent concentrations and composition in Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP) to bridge gaps in existing knowledge.

Tool to Track Progress Toward SMM Goals: Formulation of a tool that can be used to estimate the flows of mass within Florida and the associated environmental impacts.

Looking Beyond Florida’s 75% Recycling Goal: Development of a methodology and tool for assessing Sustainable Materials Management recycling rates in Florida.

Florida Solid Waste Management: State of the State: Conducting an economic and environmental footprint assessment using available strategies and technologies to estimate the current Florida solid waste stream.

Impacts of Treated Wood in the Florida Disposal Sector: Evaluate the effectiveness of current best management practices in Florida for minimizing contamination from treated wood and analyze innovations in measurements and sorting technologies relevant to wood waste best management practices.

Use of Solid Waste in Asphalt and Concrete in Florida: Investigating long-term performance and mobility of chemical contaminants from using solid waste in concrete and asphalt.

Application of New Leaching Protocols for Assessing Beneficial Use of Solid Wastes in Florida: Examining the use of EPA’s new leaching procedures for assessing programs for recycled ash, sludge and similar materials.

Assessing Options for On-site Leachate and Groundwater Management Strategies at Florida Landfills: Analyzing on-site leachate management techniques and engineering alternatives to mitigate chemicals from landfill liners.

Past Projects

Towards Trash Free Waters: Quantifying Potential Aquatic Trash: The University of Florida research team collaborated with local municipalities and non-government organizations to quantify and map the quantity of collected litter within the Hillsborough River Watershed.

Examining Contamination Rates at Florida Materials Recovery Facilities: The University of Florida research team collaborated with Florida Recycling Partnership to examine Florida dual stream and single stream material recovery facilities contamination rates and the typically types of recycled materials.