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1 Waste and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction
Ron Vance U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

2 MSW Management in the U.S.
Recovery 33.8% Land Disposal 54.3% Combustion 11.9%


4 Municipal Solid Waste Generation in 2009 243 Million Tons
Food Scraps 14.1% Yard Trimmings % Other 3.5% Wood 6.5% Rubber, leather, and textiles 8.3% Paper & Paperboard 28.2% Plastics 12.3% Metals 8.6% Glass 4.8%

5 Products Generated in MSW, 2009
Other Wastes 1.5% Containers & Packaging % Nondurable Goods 22.0% Food Scraps 14.1% Yard Trimmings 13.7% Durable Goods 19.2% 243 million tons before recycling



8 Commodity Recycling Trends
1970 1980 1990 2000 2009 Paper and paperboard 15% 21% 28% 43% 62% Glass 1% 5% 20% 23% 26% Metals 4% 8% 24% 35% Plastics Neg. <1% 2% 6% 7% Yard trimmings 12% 52% 60% Rubber tires 13% Lead-acid batteries 76% 70% 97% 93% 99% Selected Consumer Electronics 10% 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 1975 U.S. has < 5% of world’s population but is responsible for about 1/3 of world’s total materials consumption 9

10 Evolution of Approach Solid Waste Management Recycling
Integrated Solid Waste Management Sustainable Materials Management

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 impacts Considers the human health and environmental impacts associated with the full life cycle of materials Cradle-to-cradle vs cradle to grave 11

12 Recycling Climate Impacts

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 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

14 Calculating Climate Impacts
Tools can be found at Emission 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 registering Report on waste management activities annually Commit to: Prevent waste (i.e. source reduction) Recycle Purchase or manufacture recycled content products

17 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

18 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.

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 offices Need to have at least one location Reports 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 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








31 More info on WasteWise (800) EPA-WISE ( )

32 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (703)347-8951
Questions? Ron Vance U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (703)

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