QUANTIFYING MATERIALS

A. Goldsmith Resources determines what additional materials could be diverted and potential costs, revenues, and savings associated with each management approach.  

 

 

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GEORGIA RECYCLING COALITION

AGR, working with the Georgia Recycling Coalition, led the campaign to resurrect measurement of recycling activity in the state, the purpose of which is to quantify the economic and environmental benefits of recycling to Georgia. AGR guided the development of online tools to gather data from public and private recyclers about tons and types of materials recycled quarterly and drew on decades of relationships in the recycling industry to enlist participation.  

ASSOCIATION OF MAJOR HOME APPLIANCE MANUFACTURERS

AGR was part of a team that evaluated the flow of major home appliances at the end of their useful life. The team conducted surveys, interviews, and site visits to characterize the role of utilities, retailers, local governments, processors, and end users in appliance recycling and developed an economic model to identify costs and revenues for each entity under various scenarios. AGR led the effort to quantify the flow of appliances through the recycling process and to identify the costs and revenues at each step. The findings inform the industry’s position on policies and programs that enhance diversion and recycling. 

TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION

AGR was part of a team updating Tennessee's Solid Waste and Materials Management Plan. This entailed development of projections of recovered materials and solid waste that would be generated across the state for each year of the planning period. These projections were used to establish diversion goals and to identify the facilities and programs to manage recovered materials and solid waste throughout the planning period.