COMMUNITY MATERIALS MANAGEMENT TOOLKITAccess reliable information and resources about how to overcome the barriers to a successful, sustainable recycling program.
A Fact Sheet on EPR for paper and packaging by NEWMOA and NERC
NEWMOA PAYT fact sheet and case studies
Green Sports Alliance guide that informs sports marketers, sustainability practitioners and partners how to ideate, design, and manage fan engagement programs that utilize operational sustainability systems to maximize fan behavioral and business outcomes.
FAQs for communities considering a PAYT system by SERA
Data from four seasonal sorting events between 2007 and 2008 at 8 landfill or transfer station facilities in Nebraska.
Institute for Local Government overview of methods that local agencies use to fund recycling programs and how public and private sectors are financing recycling facilities.
RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts' guide for starting or expanding a food waste diversion program in a restaurant
EPA report on data sources and methodology used to arrive at estimates on the amount of food waste donated, composted, and used as animal feed.
A ReFED guide designed for foodservice sustainability directors, and others in leadership roles in the US foodservice industry involved in creating or monitoring food waste reduction strategies.
US EPA Concept paper on resource management practices and beneftis
Excel worksheets used to analyse and compare costs associated with landfill, recycling, and composting operations.
Handbook to assist local government staff members in using full cost accounting (FCA) worksheets to identify, collect, track and analyze costs associated with solid waste services
Hierarchy and benefits of glass reuse, recycling and beneficial use
Research and recommendations for state and national glass recycling programs, markets, and benficial reuse
Posts and Pointers for a Social Media program
A resource for professional and collegiate sports teams, leagues, and venues to improve their environmental performance related to paper use
A USCC Fact Sheet
Community-scale composting guide- Highfields Center for Composting & Institute for Local Self-Reliance
A detailed handbook for managing a green team under the Sustainable Maryland Green Teams Program that has processes and ideas useful to any municipal green team.
NERC's comprehensive, step by step guide for managing material waste, including food waste at special events
NRDC how-to guide for managing food waste in sports venues
ILSR guide that introduces the basics of onsite composting at K-12 schools equipped with 2- and 3- bin composting systems.
A guide to help educate students about the amount of food they waste in school cafeterias and encourage waste reduction and consumption of healthier foods. USDA, US EPA, University of Arkansas
NERC BMPs for hotel recycling and purchasing
NRDC guide to help teams and leagues that aspire to achieve a zero waste operation.
PFAS are often called “forever chemicals” since they are hard to break down, clean up or remove, and can stay in the environment for thousands of years. They can migrate from foodware into food and stay in our bodies for many years. Their popularity in non-stick, grease-proof, and stain-resistant consumer products has contributed to worldwide contamination.
Carbon capture and healthy soils are linked to the economic and environmental justice concerns of low-income and underserved communities in this strategy paper. Institute for Food and Development Policy/Food First
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and US EPA guide to provide parents and school officials with resources to create healthy, sustainable schools.
Waste assessment checklist for businesses in Hennipen County
Spreadsheet listing OCC prices regionally from 1992 - 2019
NRC Best Practices Guide to Wase Reduction and Recycling with an introduction to Zero Waste principles
Case Study - Sheraton Colonial Hotel Conference Center, Wakefield, MA
Summary of current policy and practices, inventory of needlestick incidences at MRFs. EREF & SWANA
NRC's step by step guide and forms for conducting a waste sort
The Mattress Recycling Council estimates that Americans dispose of roughly 15 to 20 million mattresses every year. The average mattress takes up 40 cubic feet, which means that one year’s worth of discarded mattresses will occupy more than 132,000 square miles of landfill space. To cut down on waste and preserve landfill space, mattress owners in the U.S. are encouraged to get rid of their old mattresses using alternative means. This guide will feature some helpful tips for donating, recycling, reselling and reusing old or used mattresses.
Tips on how to approach local policy development
NRC step by step guide on starting a community green team with forms and templates
NRC Fact Sheet on Hub and Spoke systems
Links to additional hub and spoke resources
Full report from US EPA assessing whether R2 and e-Stewards standards are being implemented transparently, consistently, and are achieving desired results
Overview of R2 and e-Stewards standards
USCC step-by-step guide for designing a plant growth test program to determine if persistent herbicides occur in compost products
US EPA guidebook on PAYT Part 4
Increasing Recycling Now! Guidebook for Community Adoption of Recycling and Pay As You Throw (PAYT) Ordinance - Practical Guide and Model Language for Communities
Increasing Recycling Now! Implementing Recycling and Pay As You Throw (PAYT) Ordinances, Legislation, or Contracting- Practical Guide and Model Language
PowerPoint presentaton by Skumatz Economic Research Associates
A manual for state agencies, private and public colleges and universities with a guide to how different facility types within individual types can divert materials from landfill disposal.
Research on new technology that analyses the ROI of adding glass clean-up systems at MRFs
A manual to help multifamily apartment and condominim tenants, landlords, managers, owners associations learn about options for recycling services.
An Excel based tool to determine costs associated with a hub and spoke system
Iowa Recycling Association and Iowa DNR publication with policies, checklists, RFPs, green purchasing and more.
A survey to assist a local solid waste planning agency develop the area’s comprehensive solid waste plan- IDNR
US EPA guidebook on PAYT Part 1
Muncipal contract analysis, best practices and recommendations for MSW contracting - ITPI
General guidance on municipal contracts with private MRFs.