Standards > Municipal 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, minimal contamination
  • Develop infrastructure for materials processing
    • promotion of secondary raw materials
  • Carbon footprint reduction policy
    • using carbon metric to quantify the carbon impact of waste, assessing the emissions generated by producing and recycling materials as well as the emissions from the disposal process itself
  • Implementation of incentive-based recycling
    • residual reduction
  • Environmentally preferable product procurement policy
    • Utilize an open database of ‘preferred’ alternative chemicals, materials and processes to help companies reformulate products to make them more circular
  • Collaborative platform policy
    • public / private partnerships
    • encouragement of voluntary industry collaboration platforms, encouraging value-chain and cross-sectoral initiatives and information sharing
    • R&D programs in the fields of, for example, material sciences and biosystems
  • Creation of diversion ambition goal
  • Creation of mandatory recycling policy
  • Implementation of local mandatory recycling policy
  • Enforce local mandatory recycling policy
  • Enact statewide mandatory recycling policy
  • Enforcement of statewide mandatory recycling policy
  • Enforcement of statewide landfill ban(s)
  • Enact statewide landfill ban(s)
  • Funding of outreach/education
  • Fund economic development policy for material processing infrastructure
  • Create EPR policy
  • Enact local EPR policy
  • Enforce local EPR policy
  • Enact statewide EPR policy
  • Enforce statewide EPR policy