COMMUNITY MATERIALS MANAGEMENT TOOLKITAccess reliable information and resources about how to overcome the barriers to a successful, sustainable recycling program.
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.
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.
Waste assessment checklist for businesses in Hennipen County
Spreadsheet listing OCC prices regionally from 1992 - 2019
NRC Best Practices Guide to Wase Reduction and Recycling with an introduction to Zero Waste principles
Case Study - Sheraton Colonial Hotel Conference Center, Wakefield, MA
Summary of current policy and practices, inventory of needlestick incidences at MRFs. EREF & SWANA
NRC's step by step guide and forms for conducting a waste sort
The Mattress Recycling Council estimates that Americans dispose of roughly 15 to 20 million mattresses every year. The average mattress takes up 40 cubic feet, which means that one year’s worth of discarded mattresses will occupy more than 132,000 square miles of landfill space. To cut down on waste and preserve landfill space, mattress owners in the U.S. are encouraged to get rid of their old mattresses using alternative means. This guide will feature some helpful tips for donating, recycling, reselling and reusing old or used mattresses.
Tips on how to approach local policy development
NRC step by step guide on starting a community green team with forms and templates
NRC Fact Sheet on Hub and Spoke systems
Links to additional hub and spoke resources
Full report from US EPA assessing whether R2 and e-Stewards standards are being implemented transparently, consistently, and are achieving desired results
Overview of R2 and e-Stewards standards
USCC step-by-step guide for designing a plant growth test program to determine if persistent herbicides occur in compost products
US EPA guidebook on PAYT Part 4
Increasing Recycling Now! Guidebook for Community Adoption of Recycling and Pay As You Throw (PAYT) Ordinance - Practical Guide and Model Language for Communities
Increasing Recycling Now! Implementing Recycling and Pay As You Throw (PAYT) Ordinances, Legislation, or Contracting- Practical Guide and Model Language
PowerPoint presentaton by Skumatz Economic Research Associates
A manual for state agencies, private and public colleges and universities with a guide to how different facility types within individual types can divert materials from landfill disposal.
Research on new technology that analyses the ROI of adding glass clean-up systems at MRFs
A manual to help multifamily apartment and condominim tenants, landlords, managers, owners associations learn about options for recycling services.
An Excel based tool to determine costs associated with a hub and spoke system
Iowa Recycling Association and Iowa DNR publication with policies, checklists, RFPs, green purchasing and more.
A survey to assist a local solid waste planning agency develop the area’s comprehensive solid waste plan- IDNR
US EPA guidebook on PAYT Part 1
Muncipal contract analysis, best practices and recommendations for MSW contracting - ITPI
General guidance on municipal contracts with private MRFs.
Grant application for recycling bins in public spaces
List of materials generated and wanted in Nebraska
Links to resources on the climate/waste connection, municipal commercial composting rules, benefits of compost on soils, yard waste in landfills, home and school composting, municipal organics collection programs, food waste, videos, how to make a compost bin, and vermicomposting
Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic toolkit for state and local policy-makers that reduce the amount of food that goes to waste. Surveys 8 different policy areas and information on relevant federal laws.
Calculator companion to "Life-Cycle Energy and GHG Emissions for New and Recovered Softwood Framing Lumber and Hardwood Flooring Considering End-of-Life Scenarios"
Life-cycle analysis of GHG emissions between new wood and recovered wood products used in new house building
Lincoln's cardboard ban in municipal code
Contractor requirements for LPS construction and demolition projects
A cohesive standard for creating communities that are good for all people through time - https://living-future.org/lcc/