ASTSWMO’s Recycling Response Matrix

In 2019, the Sustainable Materials Management Task Force (SMM) within the Materials Management Subcommittee of the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) reached out to States and Territories (States) to survey them about how they have responded to China’s import restrictions on certain recyclables, also known as China Sword. A matrix was developed to track actions taken at both the State and local government level, as applicable. The survey asked about more than 30 potential actions in eight categories: regulatory law; compliance; recycling program changes; research; stakeholder work; outreach and education; market development; and fees & costs.

The goal of gathering the information is to provide a helpful resource to State programs as we all navigate the ever-changing recycling landscape. The Task Force developed an initial baseline of information starting in the summer of 2019. The Task Force will request updates from the States on a periodic basis. The baseline information and subsequent updates are being shared with the ASTSWMO membership, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and others.

Information is arranged alphabetically by State as well as by EPA Region. An ”S” indicates where actions are being taken by the State, and “L” indicates actions taken by local governments.

Notes of actions are organized by State and by question.

To download the full report click here.

This project has been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery under assistance agreement X1-83614401 to ASTSWMO. The contents of this document do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of U.S. EPA, nor does U.S. EPA or ASTSWMO endorse trade names or recommend the use of commercial products mentioned in this document. The views expressed in this document are those of the ASTSWMO SMM Task Force and have not been formally endorsed by the ASTSWMO Board of Directors.

Thanks to all the States who provided information for this report, and to members of the Sustainable Materials Management Task Force for gathering it. If your State program has additional information to add, corrections to make, or questions, please contact your regional representative on the SMMM Task Force and /or Kerry Callahan in the ASTSWMO office, ad the email addresses provided below.

SMM Task Force Members and ASTSWMO Staff: