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RCRA Online Number:50535
Title:Measuring Recycling: Guide for State and Local Governments
Document Date:09/01/1997
Description:Contains instruction, definitions, case studies, tips, forms, and worksheets to help state and local governments calculate an MSW recycling rate. Provides information to help track broad as well as commodity specific categories of recycled materials. Establishes a voluntary, uniform method for calculating recycling rates. Offers advice and recommendations for obtaining accurate data, minimizing double counting, identifying possible errors or omissions in data, establishing relationships with the private sector to obtain commercial recycling data, ensuring the private sector's confidentiality when reporting data, using national waste characterization data to estimate waste generation when disposal data are not available, accounting for imports and exports of MSW and recyclable materials, streamlining and improving data collection, and reducing recycling measurement costs. Appendices include glossary, standard volume-to-weight conversion factors, survey forms, recycling rate worksheets, resources, sample language for Freedom of Information Act exemption, sample cover letters, and a methodology adjusting waste generation.
Topics:Recycling, Municipal Solid Waste
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EPA Publication Number:530-R-97-011
NTIS Number:NA
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Non-Regulatory Guidance:No


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