Executive Description of SWEEP

The Municipal Market SWEEP Standard evaluates the environmental, economic and social aspects of providing municipal solid waste services. The standard will be achievable by municipal governments of all sizes and covers a range of activities, whether contracted out to waste industry companies, or provided by municipal employees.

Performance Categories, KPIs and Credits

The Municipal and Industry Standards are composed of 6Performance Categories ,designed to comprehensively address sustainable waste management from intention (policy) through to implementation and verification (data collection):

  1. Sustainable Material Management Policy(SMMP)
  2. Waste Generation and Prevention(WGP)
  3. Solid Waste Collection (SWC)
  4. Post-Collection Recovery (PCR)
  5. Post-Collection Disposal (PCD)
  6. Innovation

In addition to the 6 core Performance Categories, a separate Innovation performance category will recognize measures and approaches that are beyond best practice.

Within the Performance Categories, credit is given for specific measurable and verified actions. Credits under these Performance Categories are organized by

Key Performance Indicators(KPIs):

  1. Efficiency and Effectiveness
  2. Environmental Performance
  3. Economic Performance
  4. Public Participation, Working Conditions and Social Impact

KPIs define the framework through which success is measured.

Credits are defined actions designed to meet the goals of SWEEP that are documented by entities seeking certification and verified by an independent certification body approved by SWEEP. At the outset, SWEEP may perform the certification activity.

SWEEP credits are structured as follows:

Intent:                                    States the underlying purpose of the credit (the “Why”).

Requirements:                    Describes the specific actions the applicant needs to take to achieve credit toward certification (the “What”).

Potential Strategies:          Examples of how to achieve the Requirement(s) (the “How”). Strategies are for reference only; projects are not required to follow the examples given.

Detailed documentation requirements, calculation methodologies, default values and other key information about achieving SWEEP credits are found in a separate Certification Manual* that may be purchased from SWEEP.

SWEEP Volunteer Committees

The following volunteer professionals dedicated many hours to developing the draft standard and SWEEP deeply appreciates their efforts and their expertise.

Steering Committee MemberOrganization
Adam GendelGreenBlue
Bob GedertNational Recycling Coalition
Michael MignanoInternational Brotherhood of Teamsters
Susan RobinsonWaste Management
Jim ThompsonWaste Business Journal
Duncan WatsonNortheast Resource Recovery Association
Rob WatsonUpland Road LLC


Industry Standard Committee Member Organization
Will FlowerWinters Bros.
Sarah BoltonBlue Ridge Services
Susan MoultonWaste Management
Don GambelinCompology
Bob CappadonaCasella
Bill KeeganDem-Con. Company


Municipal Standard Committee Member Organization
Jeff Azano-BrownWellesley MA
Ms. Kim BraunCulver City, CA
George PaybaLos Angeles
Annie WhiteWashington DC
Jordan FengelState of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR)


*NOTE:The SWEEP Certification Manual will be developed during the Pilot Phase.

Interested in learning more about how the SWEEP certification process can help your local government and materials management company become more sustainable and/or save money? Comment below or reach out at info@sweepstandard.org. To learn more about all the benefits that come with SWEEP Membership, head to https://lnkd.in/d6mQeTjC

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