ASTSWMO Materials Management Subcommittee Comments on 2020 EPA Draft National Recycling Strategy

The Materials Management Subcommittee of the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) appreciates the opportunity to provide comments on EPA’s Draft National Recycling Strategy and the new U.S. National Recycling Goal to increase the national recycling rate to 50 percent by 2030. The following comments are from the Subcommittee and have not been reviewed or adopted by the ASTSWMO Board of Directors. In addition, individual State or Territorial (State) programs may also provide comments based on their own State perspectives and experiences.

ASTSWMO Annual Webinar Recordings

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2020 SMM Task Force Comments on EPA’s National Recycling Goals

Members of the Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Task Force within the Materials Management Subcommittee of the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) have been participants in EPA’s America Recycles Day efforts to create the National Framework for Advancing the U.S. Recycling System. We understand the difficulty of establishing a national set of recycling goals and appreciate the continued efforts to further enhance the nation’s recycling system. We are pleased to continue working with EPA to address the challenges in the country’s recycling system.

NEWMOA: State Actions to Address Recycling Market Changes

The Association of State & Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) Sustainable Materials Management Task Force conducted a survey in 2019-2020 of State solid waste & recycling programs to better understand how they are responding to the restrictions imposed by China & other countries on the importation of materials for recycling, particularly paper & plastic. This free webinar shared the results of this survey. It was co-sponsored by ASTSWMO, NEWMOA, & the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC).

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Presenters included Task Force Members Janine Bogar, WA State Department of Ecology; James Jennings, IL Environmental Protection Agency; Jeremy Hooper, TN Department of Environment & Conservation; Adam Schlachter, DE Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control; & Angela Vincent, CA Department of Resources Recycling & Recovery (CalRecycle).

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For more information, contact Terri Goldberg at tgoldberg@newmoa.org.

ASTSWMO Comments to Nuclear Regulatory Commission Proposed Interpretative Rule

The Materials Management and Hazardous Waste Subcommittees of the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) appreciate the opportunity to jointly provide comments on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC’s) Proposed Interpretive Rule, Transfer of Very Low-Level Waste to Exempt Persons for Disposal NRC-2020-0065, published in the Federal Register on March 6, 2020 (85 FR 45). These comments have not been reviewed or adopted by the ASTSWMO Board of Directors. In addition, individual State or Territorial radiological, solid waste, and hazardous waste programs may also provide comments based on their own perspectives and experiences.

ASTSWMO Solid Waste Disposal and Conversion Task Force Comments Proposed to Federal CCR Permit Program

The Solid Waste Disposal and Conversion Task Force within the Materials Management Subcommittee of the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) appreciates the opportunity to provide comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed rule, Hazardous and Solid Waste Management System: Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals From Electric Utilities; Federal CCR Permit Program, published in the Federal Register on February 20, 2020 (85 FR 9940). These comments have not been reviewed or adopted by the ASTSWMO Board of Directors. In addition, individual State or Territorial solid waste programs may also provide comments based on their own perspectives and experiences.

Radiation Task Force TENORM Webinar

The ASTSWMO Radiation Task Force presented a webinar on February 14, 2019 that highlighted their 2018 guidance document, “Waste Generation and Disposal: Awareness, Management, and Disposal Guidance for Solid Waste Containing Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (TENORM).” Presentations addressed the following pertinent components of the document: practical tools available for solid waste disposal facilities accepting TENORM waste; radiation basics; common sources of radioactive materials; regulatory complexities associated with TENORM; and a case study on Montana’s TENORM regulations.

 

The Economics of Recycling: Reports from States and Others

In order to educate ASTSWMO members and others about the economic benefits of recycling, the Sustainable Materials Management Task Force assembled this list of recent reports on the economic benefits of recycling. The time span of reports included is from 2007 to 2017. The compilation is intended to be dynamic. The list will be reviewed on a periodic basis and updated with additional resources as identified.

Waste Generation and Disposal: Awareness, Management, and Disposal Guidance for Solid Waste Containing Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (TENORM)

Radioactive material is found naturally in water, soils and rock. When this type of radioactive material is found in its original location and in its natural concentration distributions (including ore bodies) it is referred to as Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM). Many industrial processes use or come in contact with natural raw materials that contain NORM such as ore, water, soil, rock, oil and natural gas. When industrial processes separate or concentrate the NORM found in these raw materials and expel this radioactive material in their waste streams, the resulting concentrated NORM is referred to as Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (TENORM). The intent of this guidance document is to increase awareness regarding TENORM waste generation, as well as the regulatory and radiological complexities surrounding appropriate and protective TENORM waste management methods.

This document was originally posted December 18, 2017 but has since been updated as of February 15, 2018.