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State Measurement Program

The State Measurement Program (SMP) is a collaborative effort among state agencies, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that provides standardized data tracking templates to help users collect, manage, analyze, and report information related to solid waste and recycling/diversion programs. This is a long term project developed by the states for the states with EPA facilitation and funding. The goal of the SMP is to have a robust information exchange platform to help states individually and collectively share and learn from each other ways to improve, expand or enhance their sustainable materials and waste management programs. The consensus model approach has been the keystone of this effort and will be used as we continue moving forward.

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Select a report to view:

  • Comparative Analysis-All Reports 2014 - This report includes the aggregation of each state data submitted from the 2014 template and the SMM Resource Module for recycling per person, disposal per person, MSW landfill capacity, along with a listing of each state policy drivers of recycling mandate, strategies and material specific strategies including state web links.

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  • Composting 2014 - This report summarizes the composting activities by state for 2014.

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  • Disposal for State 2014 - This report shows the solid waste generate In-State and disposed In-State for 2014.

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  • Economic Benefits 2014 - This report includes a summary of each state‚Äôs recycling, composting and MSW tons of all disposal methods (excluding transfer stations and imports); the population and pounds per person by recycling, composting and disposal by state; the total landfill cost avoidance of recycling (with recycling tonnage and state average tipping fees) and a generalized recycling impact per state based upon the data submitted.

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  • Environmental Benefits-Domestic Equivalencies 2014 - This report includes the estimated greenhouse gas emission reductions, passenger vehicles taken of the road, homes worth of electricity use per year saved and homes worth of energy use per year for each state based upon the commodities detail included in each state data submittals.

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  • Key Drivers of State Programs - This report summarizes the key driver's for each participating state's waste prevention, recycling, and/or materials management program.

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  • MAPS-Solid Waste Imports (all solid wastes) 2014 - MAPS are dynamic - hover over a state to get details on Solid Waste Imports.

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  • MAPS-State Snapshot (recycling tonnages) 2014 - MAPS are dynamic - hover over a state to get the top six facts for each state in State Snapshot.

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  • Recycling 2014 - This report shows recycling tonnage collected within state by all collection programs.

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  • Summary of Pay-As-You-Throw Programs 2014 - This report summarizes policies and programs that promote or require Pay-as-you-throw at the local level.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How are states using the State Measurement Program?

Some states are using the regional reports to inform their legislators that they may be the only state in the region not sharing data and trying to use that to encourage better reporting. Several states are using the economic data (landfill cost avoidance/recycling revenue) to quantify for policy makers the true impact if they cut/reduce recycling programs in their local areas. Without this data, many elected leaders looking to reduce budget deficits would not realize the magnitude of recycling benefits. During budget deliberations, several states request comparative data (e.g. staffing levels, tipping fees, etc). Previously, states would have to contact each other individually for this information. Now, the state can access this information online, and see how they compare to other states, saving time and effort.

What are the goals of the State Measurement Program?

Goals of the State Measurement Program:
-Accelerates managing materials and products on a lifecycle basis
-Drives market signals and economic interventions to improve materials management
-Improves data, tools, research, and internal/external processes
-Expands the public dialogue on how materials management impacts the environment
-Engages the business community to think across the lifecycle and the value chain
-Promotes the replication of successful recycling, reuse and source reduction ideas and programs

What are the benefits of participating for states and local governments?

Perhaps the most important benefit is that all 50 states would voluntarily report consistent data into one measurement template, allowing EPA, States, and ASTSWMO to compare how recycling, reuse, and source reduction is progressing across the country, as well as detailed information on their local programs, budgets, funding sources, grants, etc. This current benchmarking data could be transformed into a series of "best practices" publications or workshops to help recycling officials maximize the amount of material that their programs divert. The measurement program could also be used to map/inventory recycling operations across the US, and connect supply with demand which could create jobs, increase tax revenues, and expand recycling options in communities across each Region. In addition to economic reports, States can see how they compare to others around them, including tonnage collected, tipping fees, and more.

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