8 Commodity Recycling Trends 19701980199020002009Paper and paperboard15%21%28%43%62%Glass1%5%20%23%26%Metals4%8%24%35%PlasticsNeg.<1%2%6%7%Yard trimmings12%52%60%Rubber tires13%Lead-acid batteries76%70%97%93%99%Selected Consumer Electronics10%19%Neg. = less than 5,000 tons or 0.05 percent.
9 Unsustainable Trajectory The current rate at which we are using resources is unsustainable.In 2000, U.S. consumed 57% more materials than in 1975U.S. has < 5% of world’s population but is responsible for about 1/3 of world’s total materials consumption9
11 Sustainable Materials Management Waste is really a stream of valuable materials, with environmental investments and impacts at all stages of the lifecycle.Need to capture investments and reduce those impactsConsiders the human health and environmental impacts associated with the full life cycle of materialsCradle-to-cradle vs cradle to grave11
13 Calculating Climate Impacts WAste Reduction Model (WARM)Determining the GHG impacts of waste management practices - landfilling, recycling, incineration, composting, and source reduction.Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies CalculatorExpresses quantities of GHGs in terms of metrics such as number of cars, gallons of gasoline, acres of forest, etcRecycled Content (ReCon) ToolEstimates the life-cycle GHG and energy impacts of purchasing or manufacturing certain materials with recycled contentDurable Goods Calculator (DGC)Presents GHG and energy impact of disposing or recycling of durable household goods
14 Calculating Climate Impacts Tools can be found atEmission factors are not intended to assign ownership for greenhouse gas emissions reductions.
15 WasteWise WasteWise is a free, voluntary EPA partnership program. WasteWise helps organizations eliminate costly waste through waste reduction practices —benefiting the organization’s bottom line and the environment.WasteWise is flexible.More than 2,500 members
16 What Does WasteWise Offer? Submit baseline data within 60 days of registeringReport on waste management activities annuallyCommit to:Prevent waste (i.e. source reduction)RecyclePurchase or manufacture recycled content products
17 What Does WasteWise Offer? Free Technical AssistanceIndividual attentionHelplineResources and PublicationsOnline Waste Tracking SoftwareEPA RecognitionAwardsCase studies, articles, and Web site success story featuresSector BenchmarkingClimate Profile
18 Individualized Climate Profile Calculates greenhouse gas emissions reductions resulting from waste prevention and recycling activities.Translates these intoreal-life equivalents.Valuable tool for communicatingenvironmental benefitsto management,employees, customers,and other stakeholders.
19 ABC Company example to be created/inserted 5 Areas on Climate Profile:Org’s waste mgmt. activity and corresponding GHG emissions reductions.Reductions translated into equivalent environmental indicators to quantity reductions in real world examples.Reductions by commodities.Comparison of previous years’ reductions (table).Bar chart of progression over time.
20 WasteWise Re-TRAC Track activities and input data all year long Interactive tool— not just for end- of-year reporting
21 WasteWise Re-TRAC Manage data for multiple locations Ex: ACME Paper can report activities in their VA, MD, and DC officesNeed to have at least one locationReports can aggregate the data for all locations
22 WasteWise Re-TRAC List of materials matches Synchronized with WARM Ability to add “Other” when material is not in the list
23 WasteWise Re-TRAC Access to Re-TRAC reports with real-time data Re-TRAC offers several valuable reportsClimate Profile available immediately after EPA reviews annual dataAccess to historical data for comparisonsPrevious reporting data will be loaded into Re- TRAC