COMMUNITY MATERIALS MANAGEMENT TOOLKITAccess reliable information and resources about how to overcome the barriers to a successful, sustainable recycling program.
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Case study of recycling and composting program at a restaurant/bar in Lincoln, Nebr.
A comparison of funding options for municipalities by the Carton Council
Brief set of recommendations for municipalities to improve diversion rates and reduce waste by the National League of Cities
Tips for using less and buying green
US EPA toolkit for helping food service establishments save money by reducing wasted food and packaging with suggested strategies, templates, and case studies.
NEWMOA guide to managing unwanted paint in rural communities
This document shares regional and national funding opportunities for recycling and other waste management projects.
As practices are becoming more transparent, consumers are putting an increasing amount of pressure on organizations to exercise sustainable practices. Sustainability will benefit your organization in many ways: become more efficient, improve your reputation and brand value, provide a platform for innovation, help attract and retain staff, gain certifications, achieve better growth, reduce costs, and strengthen stakeholder relations. This document includes resources, examples, and testimony on improving sustainability efforts within businesses.
Schools and learning facilities are uniquely suited to support sustainability efforts and education. Sustainability and waste reduction is a communal effort and can be incorporated into every aspect of learning. When we help our youth understand the importance of sustainability, we ensure a constant awareness that what we do affects our neighbors, our world, and our future. This document includes resources and testimony to help guide school systems.
A 2019 PowerPoint presentation by NDEE on regulations and permitting for compost sites
Sample RFP for Pay As You Throw (PAYT) Collection Services
Handout for resident for a new PAYT program using bags
A tool to assist local governments with estimating the operatonal impacts, potential diversion, financial impacts, and GHG impact from implementing a residential organics collection program. Georgia Dept. of Community Affairs & Georgia Recycling Coalition
Residential SSO Collection Performance Model User Guide- Georgia Dept. of Community Affairs & Georgia Recycling Coalition
USGBC brief outlining options for municipalities to assess risk and enhance resilience
A resource guide and collection of tips for new and improved efforts for recycling in mulitfamily housing.
Sample Contract for resource managment at commercial entities
Sample contract from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for a resource management contract
Sample RFP for resource management services
Sample RFP for resource management services
ReFED how-to resource based on interviews with sustainability and operations teams at restaurants of various sizes. Provides an overview of the national food waste challenge, presents opportunities for improvement of business outcomes, and identifies action-oriented solutions, tools, and best practices.
Case study of brewery recycling and composting program.
ReFED guide with industry-specific recommendations for implementing food waste reduction solutions
Strategies, methods, products and cost/waste benefits of waste reduction at hardware stores in the region
Information on reusable transport packaging that replaces one-time and limited-use pallets and boxes with reusable containers, reusable pallets, and pallet pooling.
Reuse International proclamation template for International Reuse Day
NEWMOA Fact sheet on managing unwanted carpet in rural communities
NEWMOA guide to help local government officials in rural communities understand options for reusing and recycling furniture
NEWMOA guide to help local government officials in rural communities understand options for reusing and recycling large rigid plastic items.
NEWMOA guide to help local government officials in rural communities understand options for reusing and recycling mattresses
Options for a muncipality to consider for an RFP for solid waste collection services from private contractors
The City of Tucson Environmental Services Department website for their volume-based service program, where customers with existing curbside service can choose their trash container size and price.
A worksheet to calculate current volumes in relationship to container size
City of Fort Collins' zero waste plan, goals, objectives, and recommendations
Mandatory recycling ordinance starter kit - a spreadsheet by Re-TRAC Connect
SCS Eningeers report on existing recycling operations in rural Iowas and the feasibility of creating rural partnerships with a hub and spoke type system.
Rural/Small Town Organics Management Case Study - Hamilton and Wenham Massachusetts Curbside Composting Program - Mass. Dept. of Environmental Protection
Examples and descriptions of municipal ordinances that boost recycling
Sample of a basic reuse and recycling plan from the City of Madison, WI.
Examples of recycling, composting, and landfill signs.
A report on a survey of composting and anaerobic digestion facilities' ability to meet California's SB 1383 established targets for reduction and diversion of organic materials from landfills.
Flyer with visual instructions on what to compost at school
Flyer with visual instructions on what to landfill at school
Flyer with visual instructions on what to recycle at school
PepsiCo Recycling's companion guide for information to gather before setting up a Recycle Rally
Communications best practices for recycling programs; social marketing
Types of equipiment needed for collection and processing of recyclables
A collection of 69 case studies and 68 model policies in 11 categories that imagine the whole economy organized around access rather than ownership.
A manual for evaluating SS recycling in the context of whole systems, problems, solutions, best practices, and points of leverage
City of Berkeley, CA municipal code to adopt a single use foodware and litter reduction ordinance
A collection of papers and articles comparing benefits of single stream vs. dual stream recycling. ILSR
A tool to help communities identify gaps in their policies, plans, codes, and zoning regulations
NEWMOA PAYT fact sheet and steps to take
PowerPoint presentaton by Action Research on social marketing
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency report on solid waste systems with policy recommendations.