Market disruptions have caused difficulties in the recycling industry. Alec Cooley, Senior Advisor at Busch Systems, provides two sets of talking points: one for elected officials and decision-makers, the other for the general public.
Monica Boehringer from the Virginia Recycling Association wrote an effective communication piece about the state of recycling. We’ve tweaked it with Iowa information and have received permission from Monica to share. Use as-is, or borrow ideas and language to customize a press release for your community.
Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging and Paper Products: Policies, Practices, and Performance
This March 2020 report from the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) provides guidance for stabilizing and modernizing fragmented U.S. municipal recycling systems that have strained under the weight of major market disruptions.
This report summarizes the visioning session held in West Des Moines on May 14, 2019. Approximately 30 Iowa stakeholders participated in the Think-Tank and developed the scenarios presented in this report.
Fact sheets and data tables (most recently updated in November 2019) include information on municipal solid waste generation, recycling, composting, combustion with energy recovery and landfilling.
U.S. state and local waste and materials characterization reports as well as key, SMM facts and figures.
Closing the Material Loop features over 15 case studies contributed by corporate, non-profit and public sector leaders who understand the economic and environmental imperative to utilizing waste.
Report provides recommendations to position Iowa as a leader in reduction and recovery from the Iowa Food Waste Stakeholder Group.
The Iowa DNR’s most recent collection of data tracking waste disposal trends in the state. The information helps the DNR and local governments make decisions to expand waste diversion initiatives and improve program efficiencies.
This paper explores how life cycle assessment (LCA) – the de facto tool used across the world for assessing the environmental impacts of products and processes—is used today to influence policy decision making particularly in regards to single use plastic products.
Plastic bags are often cited by recycling facilities as one of the worst and most prevelant contaminates found in recycling. To help educate the public about plastic bag contamination, the Iowa Recycling Association developed a social media graphic toolkit focused on reducing and reusing plastic bags.
During holiday times, households tend to produce more trash than normal with big meals, decorations, and festivities. Waste reduction tips and graphics have been provided for educational purposes. The graphics are in PDF and PNG file types and include two versions: one with the IRA logo and one without. Use these resources to educate your customers, communities, or networks on waste reduction this Thanksgiving season.
The EPA’s ReCon tool helps companies and individuals estimate environmental impacts from purchasing and/or manufacturing materials with varying degrees of post-consumer recycled content.
Toolkit includes guidance to discuss this topic with your MRF and hauler, visuals for targeted messages, tools to track and report results and much more.
Use this document to identify and address acceptable and problematic materials, inform front line staff and create materials to educate residents.
New and updated information requires updates to the energy and emission factors used in the Waste Reduction Model (WARM) and the inclusion of economic factors. The purpose of this webpage is to explain the changes incorporated into each version.
This program assessment and planning tool delivers insights and actionable recommendations to municipal waste management agencies.
Waste Advantage Magazine outlines principles for building teamwork in your recycling plant — simple steps that encourage everyone on the team to be engaged, effective and productive.
This blog post from the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) pulls together a number of resources and provides information about numerous initiatives aimed at making recycling work.
In this Waste Advantage Magazine article, Jeff Eriks outlines factors to consider when determining if your MRF requires an upgrades. Eriks is a Vice President of Business Development and Marketing at Cambridge Companies (Griffith, IN), a design-build firm, working with the waste industry.
Resource Recycling takes a look at the state of recycling markets and the role programs and business can play in a new recycling model.