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The Summit is over. The work continues.


Upcoming Webinar June 28, 2018

Expanding the Discussion

To manage effectively our resources, efforts, and outcomes; solid waste managers and industry leaders need to speak the same language about the same materials.  The Measurement Matters Summit convened in Downtown Chattanooga in the Marriott Event Center.  It brought the top leaders and professionals in solid waste management, trade organizations, and industry to break new ground in understanding and defining measurement in materials management.

Who Attended?

  • National and State Program Managers
  • Local Government Solid Waste and Public Works Managers
  • Trade Organizations
  • Professional Organizations
  • End-users of recovered materials
  • Scrap buyers and brokers
  • Recycling business managers

Agenda Summary

Day 1 – State Data Collection Discussion

  • Examples of how participating states improved waste and recycling programs through better metrics.
  • Break through barriers to reporting within the State Measurement Program (SMP) system and measuring program’s performance.
  • Enhance the quality of the currently reported data, demonstrate power and value of the SMP system and what non-participants are missing.
  • Present the business case for local governments to invest in local SMM initiatives.

Day 2 – Engaging Improvement  

  • Identify new metrics for success.
  • Harmonizing a System of Measurement: A Look at set aside and capture rates, characterization studies, recycling and diversion rates, waste sorts, economic impact studies, labeling, and many more!
  • Incorporate Community, Industry & Material Recovery Facility essentials for better materials management.

Day 3 – Building an action plan and timetable.