Difficult-to-Manage Materials Survey Report

The ASTSWMO Sustainable Materials Management Task Force has produced the Difficult-to-Manage Materials Survey Report based on input received from 39 States and Territories (States). The Task Force launched the survey in June 2023 to pinpoint products and materials that are of concern or causing issues in waste and recycling programs and to identify associated trends among States. For the purposes of the survey, “difficult-to-manage” was defined as an item that has reached the end of its useful life that presents difficulties to the public, State or local government, or the waste and recycling industry because of a lack of viable end markets, inherent difficulties in handling the material, a lack of collection or recovery infrastructure, or any combination thereof. The report presents the findings of the survey in which States were asked to identify their top 5 difficult-to-manage materials and how the State is currently addressing them; challenges/problems as well as existing opportunities regarding the materials identified; and what States would find helpful in managing the materials.

Emerging Wastes from Renewable Energy Sources Fact Sheets

The Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement (CME) Task Force within the ASTSWMO Hazardous Waste Subcommittee and the Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Task Force within the ASTSWMO Materials Management Subcommittee collaborated to produce a series of three fact sheets on emerging wastes from renewable energy sources: lithium-ion batteries with a focus on electric vehicle batteries; photovoltaic modules; and wind turbine blades. The fact sheets are intended to be living documents to be periodically updated with new information.

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). View Webinar Here 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). Slides For more information, contact Terri Goldberg at tgoldberg@newmoa.org.

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.