COMMUNITY MATERIALS MANAGEMENT TOOLKIT

Access reliable information and resources about how to overcome the barriers to a successful, sustainable recycling program.
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Special Event Best Practices Guide

StopWastePartnership.org Materials management tips and timelines for specific types of events, including sample contract and policy language

Special Solid Waste Collection Service: Madison, WI

Madison, Wisconsin's Program to Assist Disabled with Carts offers qualified residents a special solid waste collection service. This may be used as an example of the requirements, conditions, information, expectations, and application process to help municipalities get started with this type of service.

Special Solid Waste Collection Service: Omaha, NE

Omaha, Nebraska's Age 70 or Disabled Assistance program offers qualified residents a special solid waste collection service. This may be used as an example of the requirements, conditions, information, expectations, and application process to help municipalities get started with this type of service.

STAR Community Rating System v2

A guide to measure progress along social, economic and environmental performance areas. STAR is a framework and certification program for communities.

STIL Solutions: Sustainability Through an Inclusive Lens

A website with information, resources, products, and services provided by STIL Solutions. To address the problem associated with the inaccessibility of waste disposal in public spaces for individuals with vision loss, STIL Solutions has developed a low-technology system known as the WasteFinder. The WasteFinder is a two-part system which provides both tactile and visual information to assist individuals with vision loss to independently and effectively dispose of their waste in public spaces.

Sustainable Development Code

The Sustainable Development Code offers best practices for community development to help all local governments, regardless of size and budget, build more resilient, environmentally conscious, economically secure and socially equitable communities.

Tennessee Hub and Spoke Grant Manual

An example from the State of Tennessee on policy for projects intended to increase or improve infrastructure for Hub and Spoke Recycling projects and partnerships.

Textile derived microfiber release: Investigating the current evidence base

Textiles-derived microfibre pollution encompasses all fibres less than 5mm in size, which are formed and shed during the processing, production, use and disposal of textiles. Their presence has been recorded in both terrestrial and aquatic environments as a proportion of airborne dust and waterborne microplastics, and additionally as a hazard in textile manufacture. However, many of these observations in the environment to date have been incidental, and studies of their formation and shedding have been biased toward synthetic fibres. The effect in terms of quantitative environmental impact metrics such as ecotoxicity has not been determined, so although it is possible to estimate the volume of microfibres produced, it is not currently possible to quantify the true effect they may have.

The Community Zero Waste Roadmap

Eco-Cycle Solutions guidebook. A high-level overview of key infrastructure, policies, and programs for pursuing a zero waste goal.