Inspiring Communities to Embrace and Achieve Zero Waste

EPA Resources

Advancing Sustainable Materials Management:
Facts and Figures – 2019 Report – 2017 data

National Overview: Facts and Figures on Materials,
Wastes and Recycling, 2019 (most current)

Solid Waste Volume to Weight Conversion Factors – 2016 Update

Managing and Transforming Waste Streams – A Tool for Communities

Preview     Tool     2016 Webinar

Explore 100 policies and programs communities can implement to reduce the amount of waste disposed in landfills and promote waste prevention and materials reuse across waste generation sectors. Access city and county ordinance, contract, and franchise agreement language and program websites.  Released 9/2015

Contracting Best Practices

A wide range of contracting strategies designed to advance towards Zero Waste are being used by local governments. Many contracting best practices align incentives between the local governments, contractors and generators to fund for diversion programs and facilities and encourage waste reduction, recycling, and composting. Released 9/2015

Procurement Best Practices

Procurement process best practices designed to advance towards Zero Waste are evolving as communities and service providers look for cost-effective waste to develop agreements that align common interests in waste reduction, recycling and composting. Released 9/2015

Local Government Contracting and Procurement Case Studies

New Rules and Incentives – Austin
Circles of Control and Influence, Mandatory Commercial Recycling, EPR And Takebacks

Pay For Value Received – Fresno
Align Cost Of Service To Rates, Require Mandatory Source Separation, EPR And Takebacks, Separate Collection From Disposal Contracts, Draft Contract In The RFP, Multiple Evaluation Criteria, Innovations Invitation, Mandatory Commercial Recycling

Local Government Facility Ownership – Napa
Local Government Ownership Of Transfer And/Or Processing Facilities, Separate Rates From Compensation, Utilize Bonuses And Penalties

Every-Other-Week Collection – Renton
Collaborative Negotiation, Separate Contractor Compensation From Customer Rates, Bonuses and Penalties for More Waste Diversion

Collaborative Negotiation – San Francisco
Separate Disposal From Collection, Utilize Bonuses And Penalties, Mandatory Commercial Recycling, Rewards Contractor for More Diversion, Equal Treatment for All Residents (and Businesses)

More Service, Lower Costs – San Jose
Separate Disposal From Collection, Retain Ability to Direct Materials,  Utilize Independent Contractor Technical Assistance

Multiple Contractors – Seattle
Separate Disposal Contracts From Collection And Processing Contracts, Separate Contractor Compensation From Customer Rates. Economic Incentives To Contractors For More Diversion, Publicly-Owned Transfer Stations


Additional EPA Resources:

WARM Calculator   Policy and Program Impact Estimator

Food Recovery Challenge    Atlanta Launches Southeast’s First Zero Waste Zone