Recycling has changed dramatically from the revenue-based systems of the past decade. In the face of market uncertainties, recycling program managers are faced with questions and program considerations from various stakeholders including elected officials, finance departments, city managers, support staff, etc.
Discussions between SERDC, US EPA Region 4, and eight SERDC-member states identified the need to develop integrated solid waste management (ISWM) systems that consider how to prevent, recycle, and manage solid waste in ways that most effectively protect human health and the environment, all while being economically sound.
The US EPA Region 4 worked with RRS to develop two tools to assist local governments in the US Southeast by analyzing their recycling programs. These FREE tools use many assumptions based on national or regionalized data and are meant to provide insight and direction for further community-specific research and planning.
Solid Waste Funding and Accounting Guide
This guide was published to assist local governments with analyzing their solid waste system by utilizing full cost accounting (FCA) to identify, collect, track, and analyze costs associated with solid waste services.
Recycling Program Scenario Model
This Excel®-based model uses a single spreadsheet to enter community-specific data. In turn, the spreadsheet calculates estimates for various recycling program scenarios.