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Ron Vance U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Waste and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction
Combustion 11.9% Recovery 33.8% Land Disposal 54.3%
Paper & Paperboard 28.2% Glass 4.8% Metals 8.6% Plastics 12.3% Other 3.5% Food Scraps 14.1% Yard Trimmings 13.7 % Wood 6.5% Rubber, leather, and textiles 8.3%
Products Generated in MSW, 2009 Other Wastes 1.5% Containers & Packaging 29.5% Nondurable Goods 22.0% Food Scraps 14.1% Yard Trimmings 13.7% Durable Goods 19.2% 243 million tons before recycling
Paper and paperboard15%21%28%43%62% Glass1%5%20%23%26% Metals4%8%24%35% PlasticsNeg.<1%2%6%7% Yard trimmingsNeg. 12%52%60% Rubber tires13%6%12%26%35% Lead-acid batteries76%70%97%93%99% Selected Consumer Electronics10%19% Neg. = less than 5,000 tons or 0.05 percent.
Unsustainable Trajectory The current rate at which we are using resources is unsustainable. In 2000, U.S. consumed 57% more materials than in 1975 U.S. has < 5% of worlds population but is responsible for about 1/3 of worlds total materials consumption
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 impacts Considers the human health and environmental impacts associated with the full life cycle of materials Cradle-to-cradle vs cradle to grave
Recycling Climate Impacts
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 Calculator Expresses quantities of GHGs in terms of metrics such as number of cars, gallons of gasoline, acres of forest, etc Recycled Content (ReCon) Tool Estimates the life-cycle GHG and energy impacts of purchasing or manufacturing certain materials with recycled content Durable Goods Calculator (DGC) Presents GHG and energy impact of disposing or recycling of durable household goods
Calculating Climate Impacts Tools can be found at Emission factors are not intended to assign ownership for greenhouse gas emissions reductions.
WasteWise WasteWise is a free, voluntary EPA partnership program. WasteWise helps organizations eliminate costly waste through waste reduction practices benefiting the organizations bottom line and the environment. WasteWise is flexible. More than 2,500 members
What Does WasteWise Offer? Submit baseline data within 60 days of registering Report on waste management activities annually Commit to: Prevent waste (i.e. source reduction) Recycle Purchase or manufacture recycled content products
What Does WasteWise Offer? Free Technical Assistance Individual attention Helpline Resources and Publications Online Waste Tracking Software EPA Recognition Awards Case studies, articles, and Web site success story features Sector Benchmarking Climate Profile
Individualized Climate Profile Calculates greenhouse gas emissions reductions resulting from waste prevention and recycling activities. Translates these into real-life equivalents. Valuable tool for communicating environmental benefits to management, employees, customers, and other stakeholders.
ABC Company example to be created/inserted
WasteWise Re-TRAC Track activities and input data all year long Interactive tool not just for end- of-year reporting
WasteWise Re-TRAC Manage data for multiple locations Ex: ACME Paper can report activities in their VA, MD, and DC offices Need to have at least one location Reports can aggregate the data for all locations
WasteWise Re-TRAC List of materials matches Synchronized with WARM Ability to add Other when material is not in the list
WasteWise Re-TRAC Access to Re-TRAC reports with real-time data Re-TRAC offers several valuable reports Climate Profile available immediately after EPA reviews annual data Access to historical data for comparisons Previous reporting data will be loaded into Re- TRAC
More info on WasteWise (800) EPA-WISE ( )
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