Vote for Your Favorite Pitch on How to Measure Recycling Rates (1 CEU)
Tuesday, August 21
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Theater & Cafe 950
Your goal is to increase recycling by a certain percent. How do you measure it? No one seems to use the same language to define what and how measure recycling. We will address this issue front and center. We’ll provide an overview of popular and new metrics for measuring recycling rates, work in groups to determine what people think works best, and then we’ll have a vote and discussion on the top two pitches.
During recent years, controversy and discussion has concerned recycling metrics. Not everyone defines recycling or the processes that constitute recycling in the same way. Definitions of municipal solid waste and recyclable materials also vary from state to state. This is further compounded by the differing methods to calculate a recycling rate. All these factors make it difficult to collect and analyze data and to compare the effectiveness of recycling programs from one region to another.
Most commonly, recycling has been based on weight-based metrics. In the last three years, however, an uptick has occurred in interest to quantify environmental impacts associated with recycling, harmonizing a system of measuring recycling, and improving the quality of reported recycling data.
This session offers an overview of metric systems being used, provides a real-life demonstration of how the recycling rate from a county’s waste stream would change using existing models, and engages the attendees to come up with a solution followed by a moderated discussion on the top two solutions.
By attending this session, you will:
- Learn about the current issues within recycling rate metrics
- Learn and understand current models used to determine recycling rates and how these models affect the overall recycling data locally and within the US and Canada
- Learn and experience the challenges currently being faced in developing a unified the method for determining recycling rates