Materials Efficiency Success Stories
The R4 Program coordinates
waste diversion and recycling at the University of California,
Davis. The program focuses on source reduction as the most important
component of solid waste reduction and provides tips for reuse,
recycling and rebuying practices for many household items.
Alameda County Source
Reduction and Recycling Board and the Alameda County
Waste Management Authority maintain a website that offers information,
publications and grants on recycling and composting, buying
recycled products, and business waste reduction.
an Environmentally Sustainable Tomorrow is
a Portland, Oregon program that aims to provide "one-stop-shopping"
for area businesses to help them make their properties more
energy-efficient and water-efficient and generate less waste.
Flexing Municipal Muscles describes San Jose, California’s
progress toward sustainability, which began with a pioneering
effort in waste management and recycling.
Waste Reduction Clearinghouse, operated by the Oregon
Department of Environmental Quality Solid Waste Program, helps
companies implement waste prevention and reuse techniques and
features success stories from businesses, schools and public
agencies. The case studies are searchable by topic.
EcoStar Business Awards Program rewards small Montana
businesses that have taken the initiative to reduce solid and
hazardous waste, conserve energy and water and improve air quality.
Program winners receive display ads, publicity, a certificate
and the rights to use the Eco Star logo.
is a partnership among EPA Region 3, Delaware, Maryland,
West Virginia, and the District of Columbia to recycle unwanted
computers, computer equipment, and televisions.
Get in the Loop
Recycling Program is a Washington state program aimed
at increasing the market for recycled products.
Dot - Dual System Deutschland is the outgrowth of a
European-based effort to prevent and recycle sales packaging
and to recover secondary raw materials and return them to production.
Companies pay a licensing fee to print a green dot on their
packaging, and the Dual System then fulfills company take-back
requirements for that packaging.
Recycling Project is a waste-reduction program in Nebraska
that boasts the highest waste-reduction rate in any recycling
program in the state’s history.
The Integrated Waste Management
Program and Recycling Policy in San Jose, California requires
the city to consider the recycled content and recyclability
of products and packaging in its procurement decisions.
is the second leading carpet textile manufacturer in the United
States, and a multi-billion dollar company. After operating
Interface conventionally for 21 years, CEO Ray Anderson set
out to make the company sustainable and environmentally-friendly
company, focusing on recycling and diminished waste.
Parish Christmas Tree/Marsh Restoration Project in Harahan,
Louisiana, uses discarded Christmas trees bound for the solid
waste stream to protect threatened marshlands and wetlands along
the Louisiana coast.
Environmental Purchasing Program has been assisting
public agencies in King County, Washington purchase recycled
and environmentally preferable products for more than nine years.
The program's Annual Report for 2000 documents savings of $575,000
through environmentally preferable purchasing. Program products
are listed at the program's home page.
Planning/Municipal Recycling is a sustainable
planning program in Chillicothe, Missouri that aims to generate
new ideas, develop additional leadership and involve the entire
community. The program also includes a curbside recycling program
and the creation of a paper fuel pellet plant.
Reuse and Recycling Program enables the city of Chicago,
Illinois to shift from waste generation and disposal to policies
and strategies that promote conservation and recycling of materials.
Grove County Recycling Center is a recently-expanded
$2 million materials-recovery facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee
that employs 100 adults with developmental disabilities to process
more than 55 tons of recyclables per day.
Paper Working Group consists of leading businesses that are large-volume paper and paperboard buyers. The group
was convened by Metafore in 2003
to collectively identify ways to develop a consistent and affordable supply of environmentally preferable paper.
Planet Newark Recycling
is a project that promotes Newark, New Jersey as a prime location
to establish or expand a recycling business through financial
incentives. More than 80 recycling firms have been established
as a result of this effort.
Resolution for Procurement
and Use of Recycled and Environmentally Sensitive Products
is a resolution adopted by the Phoenix, Arizona City Council
that sets guidelines for the purchase of recycled products,
the use of recycled tires, the maximization of compost and mulch
use and studies of product-reconditioning programs.
2000 Salvaged Building Materials Reuse & Recycling Program
was started by the Boulder Energy Conservation Center to sell
recycled building materials in Denver and Boulder, Colorado.
Collections of Materials Efficiency Success Stories
The U.S. EPA's WasteWise
Industry Sector Publications provide case studies highlighting
the commitments and accomplishments of WasteWise partners in
over 20 industries.
The Institute for Local Self-Reliance offers Waste
Reduction Record-Setters Program Profiles, including
more than 50 examples of communities and business reporting
waste reduction rates of 50 percent or higher.
Waste Wise success stories offer examples of how businesses
and organizations across Minnesota are reducing waste and saving
Center works to increase markets and uses of recyclable
commodities by manufacturers and end users. Their website offers
fact sheets on products and projects using specific recycled
commodities including organics, wood, glass, plastic, rubber,
paper and industrial waste.
Preventing Pollution in Our Cities and Counties: A Compendium
of Case Studies highlights pollution prevention success
stories in cities and counties throughout the US. Many of the
profiles focus on achievements in the reduction of municipal
solid waste. The document is available for purchase from the
National Association of Counties, 440 First Street NW, Washington,
DC 20001; (202) 393-6226; Fax (202) 737-0480
to success stories on other sites provide links
to success stories on a wide variety of sustainable development
topics, including Materials Efficiency.
Last updated: January 31, 2005
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