Sustainable Materials Management Policies (SMMP)

Sustainable materials management policies refer to a broad array of regulatory and policy measures aimed at minimizing solid waste generation, improving the performance of solid waste collection, processing, and recovery practices, and/or minimizing environmental, economic, and/or social impacts across the lifecycle of products.  SWEEP focuses on sustainable materials management practices related specifically to solid waste.

Sample sustainable materials management policy practices:

  • Adoption of incentive oriented programs & policies, such as pay-as-you-throw
  • Carbon footprint reduction policy
  • Implementation of incentive-based recycling
  • Environmentally preferable product procurement policy
  • Implementation of local mandatory recycling policy
  • Enforcement of statewide mandatory recycling policy
  • Enforcement of statewide landfill ban(s)

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