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A list of various compostable food service product vendors.
Nebraska Restaurant Assn. PowerPoint presentation.
City of Renton and Waste Management of Washington, Inc. contract January 1, 2009 - May 31, 2016
Handbook for public officials and volunteers involved in the planning, design, and implementation of PAYT programs
Study of a C&D waste management project in Lincoln, NE
Guide to assist contractors with estimating types and quanities of materials and with preparing a construction waste management plan
Detailed contracting best practices to help align incentives between the local governments, contractors and generators to fund for diversion programs and facilities and encourage waste reduction, recycling, and composting.
General guidance on developing effective municipal solid waste and recycling contracts from Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection
NERC model specifications and purchasing guidelines for environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) of paper.
A company’s impact extends far beyond its own walls. Purchasing and supply chain programs can promote inclusion in many ways, from ensuring the most vulnerable populations around the world have their human rights preserved to taking proactive measures to support transformative and purpose-driven companies. This guide is intended to provide guidance on the many ways companies, big or small, can leverage their purchases and supply chain to make a positive impact.
CRT Dismantling & Processing and End Markets in the US with a few in Canada and Asia
Portland's plan for right-sizing your household's garbage container for curbside collection.
Flyer with visual instructions on how to recycle right at area drop-off sites
The choice to recycle is in the hands of all of us, and it does make a difference. The advent of curbside collection makes it easier than ever to participate in the effort to direct unwanted or unneeded product containers and materials away from landfills, but procedures and regulations are often confusing and can create frustration and skepticism about the entire system.
US EPA guidebook on PAYT Part 3
CDC website report of disabled adults in the USA
Legal Resources regarding disability
A spreadsheet for calculating community recycling diversion rates for different types of collection programs and capture rates
List of new and existing paper mills in the U.S. created by NERC
Key elements for setting your community up for success on the road to Zero Waste
Eco-cycle Solutions Model resolution supporting Zero Waste as a guiding principle and supporting the creation of a Zero Waste plan
A questionnaire for analyzing existing diversion programs and gaps in the system
US EPA study of electronics waste generation and recycling
Paper is a literature review of how long a successful behavior change will last before backsliding begins
A calculator for measuring GHG emissions, energy, and economic impacts for baseline and alternative waste management practices,including source reduction, recycling, combustion, composting, and landfilling
Analysis of relative success of different techniques for re-vegetating roadside soils after construction at different locations in Nebraska. University of Nebraska, NDOT
A toolkit designed for recycling coordinators who manage all or part of a community's multifamily recycling program.
A Fact Sheet on EPR for paper and packaging by NEWMOA and NERC
NEWMOA PAYT fact sheet and case studies
Green Sports Alliance guide that informs sports marketers, sustainability practitioners and partners how to ideate, design, and manage fan engagement programs that utilize operational sustainability systems to maximize fan behavioral and business outcomes.
FAQs for communities considering a PAYT system by SERA
Data from four seasonal sorting events between 2007 and 2008 at 8 landfill or transfer station facilities in Nebraska.
Institute for Local Government overview of methods that local agencies use to fund recycling programs and how public and private sectors are financing recycling facilities.
RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts' guide for starting or expanding a food waste diversion program in a restaurant
EPA report on data sources and methodology used to arrive at estimates on the amount of food waste donated, composted, and used as animal feed.
A ReFED guide designed for foodservice sustainability directors, and others in leadership roles in the US foodservice industry involved in creating or monitoring food waste reduction strategies.
US EPA Concept paper on resource management practices and beneftis
Excel worksheets used to analyse and compare costs associated with landfill, recycling, and composting operations.
Handbook to assist local government staff members in using full cost accounting (FCA) worksheets to identify, collect, track and analyze costs associated with solid waste services
Hierarchy and benefits of glass reuse, recycling and beneficial use
Research and recommendations for state and national glass recycling programs, markets, and benficial reuse
Posts and Pointers for a Social Media program
A resource for professional and collegiate sports teams, leagues, and venues to improve their environmental performance related to paper use
A USCC Fact Sheet
Community-scale composting guide- Highfields Center for Composting & Institute for Local Self-Reliance
A detailed handbook for managing a green team under the Sustainable Maryland Green Teams Program that has processes and ideas useful to any municipal green team.
NERC's comprehensive, step by step guide for managing material waste, including food waste at special events
NRDC how-to guide for managing food waste in sports venues
ILSR guide that introduces the basics of onsite composting at K-12 schools equipped with 2- and 3- bin composting systems.
A guide to help educate students about the amount of food they waste in school cafeterias and encourage waste reduction and consumption of healthier foods. USDA, US EPA, University of Arkansas
NERC BMPs for hotel recycling and purchasing
NRDC guide to help teams and leagues that aspire to achieve a zero waste operation.
PFAS are often called “forever chemicals” since they are hard to break down, clean up or remove, and can stay in the environment for thousands of years. They can migrate from foodware into food and stay in our bodies for many years. Their popularity in non-stick, grease-proof, and stain-resistant consumer products has contributed to worldwide contamination.
Carbon capture and healthy soils are linked to the economic and environmental justice concerns of low-income and underserved communities in this strategy paper. Institute for Food and Development Policy/Food First
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and US EPA guide to provide parents and school officials with resources to create healthy, sustainable schools.