The EPA's Municipal Solid Waste Characterization Report, which analyzes, "among other things, the amounts of MSW recycled, incinerated and landfilled," has used the same methodology since the 1960s.
Last year, in recognition of the fact that this report was being used by a wide range of entities (governments, NGOs, academia, industry and the public) for complex purposes, "some of which were not anticipated or designed for in the original Report and methodology," the EPA asked for stakeholder input to help guide revisions to the report.
By revising the report, the EPA hopes to meet a growing need for “more holistic assessment of how materials are generated, used and managed in the U.S. economy.” Mathy Stanislaus, the Assistant Administrator of the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response at the EPA, characterized the changes they envision for the report as part of a shift from emphasizing waste management to focusing on sustainable materials management.
To help them accomplish this transformation, the EPA asked for commenters to focus on three areas:
--What data collection would be needed?
--What kind of measurement methodology and tools are necessary?
--What reporting framework would support your programmatic efforts?
The comment period ended in September of last year, and the EPA is currently evaluating the stakeholder comments and planning the gradual revision of its methodology to incorporate the feedback it received.
Still, many in the industry don't believe that the EPA alone will provide them with data that is robust enough to increase the amount of recyclable material used in manufacturing processes. As a result, new legislation has been drafted to address this issue.
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