Local governments have a large to-do list when it comes to running a local recycling program. There are collection methods to evaluate, educational outreach to develop, markets to analyze, budgets to prepare, and of course the recycling collection staff to assist. Below you’ll find resources available to make that to-do list a little less overwhelming.
A key link you’ll want to bookmark on your computer is Grants.Gov. This Web site helps local and state governments and non-profit organizations find federal grant funding to help expand waste reduction services. All federal agencies are required to post grant notifications to this site. Your state office may also have grant funding available.
- Resource Conservation Challenge (RCC) is a national effort to conserve natural resources and energy by managing materials more efficiently. The RCC seeks partnerships with other government agencies to pursue resource conservation initiatives.
- Recycling Measurement was developed to help state and local government officials learn more about the standard methodology for measuring recycling rates.
- Full Cost Accounting (FCA) is an accounting practice that can help local governments identify, assess, and manage the actual costs of MSW programs. FCA can help make informed decisions about MSW operations, facilitate cost-saving efforts, and better plan for the future.
- Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) describes community MSW programs that charge residents for the collection of MSW based on the amount they throw away. This creates a direct economic incentive for individuals to recycle more and to generate less waste.
- Recycling Measurement provides information to help state and local government officials learn more about a voluntary, standard methodology for measuring recycling rates. Available documents describe how to develop a measurement program including worksheets, sample survey forms, community examples, and other useful tools.
- For information on electronics recycling, look at EPA Region 4’s eCycling electronics program or EPA’s Plug-in to eCycling program.
- Jobs Through Recycling provides information on market development for state and local officials, sources of technical and financial assistance for recycling businesses, and information on the economic benefits of recycling.
- For access to key findings from a study regarding the impact of recycling in the United States, look at EPA’s National Recycling Economic Information Study.
- Market directory and waste exchanges by state.
- EPA’s recycling and greenhouse gas conversion site can help you determine the greater environmental impact of your community’s waste reduction program.
- WasteWise is a flexible EPA program that allows partners to design their own waste reduction programs tailored to their needs.
- Zero Waste Tools/Resources for Local Governments - EPA has compiled a list of resources (some non-EPA) that could assist local governments move towards zero waste. The resources cover zero waste in general, but also have several focus areas, such as food waste, green building, multi-family recycling, etc., allowing local governments to focus their efforts in areas of their choosing.
Non-Profit / Other Resources:
- Curbside Value Partnership works with communities to educate residents, increase participation, and increase recycling rates. This is primarily a resource for cities, waste haulers, and material recovery facilities (MRFs).
- Earth 911 is an all-in-one resource for recycling entities by zip code.
- Waste reduction is one of Keep America Beautiful’s top priorities.
Promotional / Public Relations Resources:
- Resource Conservation Challenge has public service announcements (PSAs) available to download.
- Earth 911’s Recycling PSA Clearinghouse shares PSAs on a variety of environmental topics so that all local communities have the opportunity to promote environmental messages on local radio and television. Access numerous PSAs through the multimedia PSA library.
- North Carolina’s RE3 recycling promotional materials are available for download and include designs and patterns for shirts, stickers and posters.
- North Carolina’s RE3 recycling clip art site has free images of recyclables such as bottles, cans, paper products and some of the products into which they can be recycled.
- Download the award-winningRecycle Guys’ Promotional Materials >from South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s (DHEC’s) Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling.
- Download the award winning Recycle Guys’ Award Winning Posters and Fact Sheets from South Carolina DHEC’s Office of Solid Waste Reduction.
- Communications templates, including flyers, brochures, magnets, and signage are available for use through the Curbside Value Partnership.
State / Regional Resources:
- State and local recycling representatives can help with local recycling programs and issues.
- Carolina Recycling Association is dedicated to conserving resources by advancing waste reduction in both North and South Carolina.
- Georgia Recycling Coalition is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Their mission is to complement and coordinate activities related to recycling; to foster communications among professionals, organizations, government agencies and individuals; and to promote and enhance reduction and recycling programs throughout the state.
- National Recycling Coalition is a membership organization of recycling professionals and advocates dedicated to maximizing recycling.
- Recycle Florida Today is a professional association for individuals engaged in the business of recycling that is dedicated to educating people about the skills and techniques of recycling.
- Southeast Recycling Development Council works to unite industry professionals, government agencies, and individuals engaged in the business of recycling.
- Southern Waste Information eXchange, Inc. (SWIX) is a clearinghouse and repository for businesses and government agencies looking for information regarding recycling and solid waste.
- Tennessee Recycling Coalition is a non-profit organization made up of members representing private business, federal and state agencies, cities and counties, non-profit organizations, trade associations, educational institutions, and individuals dedicated to promoting the adoption of recycling and waste reduction programs in the state of Tennessee.