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.