SMMP Credit 9: Local Government Policy for Comprehensive Public Participation in Solid Waste Management Program Development


 SMMP Credit 9: Local Government Policy for Comprehensive Public Participation in Solid Waste Management Program Development (1-2 points)

Non-Reciprocal

Intent:

Solicit and encourage broad public input into decision-making around solid waste management.

Local Government Requirements

Tier 1: (1 point)

Adopt a policy of best-practices public participation in solid waste management decision-making[1] as described in the EPA’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Public Participation Manual January 11, 2017 https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2017-01/documents/final_rcra_ppm.pdf.

Tier 2: (1 point)

Adopt a policy of best-practices public participation in solid waste management decision-making[2] as described in the EPA’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Public Participation Manual January 11, 2017 https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2017-01/documents/final_rcra_ppm.pdf.

●      The policy must provide support for the inclusion of public participation. Support can include technical support, provided experts, funding, etc.

Industry Requirements: Not applicable.

Potential Strategies:

●      Provide online access to public meeting calendar for waste management meetings and a record of the topics and discussions held.

●      Create the role of Waste Ombudsman to interface with the public around these topics.


[1] Solid waste management programs that could be addressed include: recycling program development, waste management fees and contracts, landfill operations (Local Government and contracted), Solid Waste Management Plans, etc.

[2]      Ibid

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