Comments by the ASTSWMO Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Task Force regarding EPA’s measurement methodology for increasing the national recycling rate to 50% by 2030, provided to EPA on March 8, 2021.
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.
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).
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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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.