Tennessee Annual Progress Report
Overview of the Reporting Process: Like other states, Tennessee uses Re-TRAC Connect, a web based service that does not require specialized software to be installed on the user’s computer, in order to request and collect data for annual reports. This service simplifies the process of submitting data for the APR and allows users to readily generate charts and graphs and create customized reports so they can monitor program and trends.
The Solid Waste Management Act of 1991 states that the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) “shall make available on its website, by January 1 of each year, the forms and information to be used by the regions to file an Annual Progress Report (APR).” It also states that “each region shall submit the annual report to the commissioner by March 31 for the immediately preceding calendar year…which will include data on the following: collection, recycling, transportation, disposal, public costs, and any other information that the board, by rule, deems relevant to solid waste planning and management.” Furthermore, regions are also required to submit an APR on the implementation of their approved Municipal Solid Waste Regional Plans in conjunction with the annual report.
Why Local Solid Waste Management Reporting Matters: The 1991 Solid Waste Management Plan identified the following solid waste issues: uncertainty regarding solid waste capacity, lack of a materials management approach (including lack of capacity in recycling collection and processing), inadequate garbage collection infrastructure, and lack of information about the cost of solid waste management. Reporting has played and will continue to play a key role in addressing all of these issues.
Reporting allows TDEC to: assess how regional plans tie into the State Plan; better understand how regions are implementing their plans; determine which regions are meeting established goals; understand why regions may not be meeting current goals; better set goals and expectations; and consider changes in waste management costs and waste capacity needs.
Current annual report can be found at here.