MAPS - State Snapshot
Maps are dynamic - hover over a state to get recycling, composting and disposal information (2013-2016).
MAPS - Tip Fees
Maps are dynamic - see average tip fee gate charges for each state (2013-2016).
This report includes a summary of each state's 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 (2013-2016).
A comparison of state recycling, composting and construction/demolition programs based upon the data submitted (2013-2016).
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U.S. EPA Volume-to-Weight Conversion Factors, April 2016 (pdf)
EPA’s 1997 report, “Measuring Recycling: A Guide for State and Local Governments”, was a guide to facilitate standardization of MSW data collection at the local level, which included volume-to-weight conversion factors for comparing recovery efforts between municipalities, regions and states. The factors are also valuable when planners work with the national recovery data presented in EPA’s sustainable materials management report series. This is an update to the volume-to-weight conversion factors.
U.S. EPA Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: 2016 Recycling Economic Information (REI) Report (pdf)
This report presents an understanding of the importance of recycling’s role to the nation’s economy, a new methodology that addresses key areas of uncertainty in the 2001 REI study and a framework that can be updated with new materials and data over time.
Recycled Plastic Commodity Terms and APR Model Specifications, American Chemistry Council (pdf)
A standard terminology for naming recycled plastic commodities and defining their contents to help streamline communications between buyers and sellers of recycled plastics commodities, reduce misunderstanding, and hopefully increase the yield of plastic bales.
U.S. EPA Landfill Methane Outreach Program (link)
LMOP offers an array of publications, tools and resources related to the development of landfill gas (LFG) energy projects. This page also links to various items of interest developed by other EPA programs or external organizations.
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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.
Would you like to read more Frequently asked questions about the State Measurement Program?
View more FAQs on the State Measurement Program.