SWANA and NWRA Develop Guidelines for Best Contracting Practices

Publish Date: 4/20/2015

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SWANA and NWRA Develop Comprehensive New Guidelines
Establishing Best Contracting Practices for Local Residential Recycling
Joint Advisory Aims for Enhanced Effectiveness of Municipal Recycling While Reflecting Economic Realities of Marketplace

SILVER SPRING, MD and WASHINGTON, DC – April 20, 2015 — The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) announced today comprehensive new guidelines designed to improve protocols and standards for contracting practices for municipal recycling programs. The guidelines address challenges facing public agencies and private industry as they seek to improve the effectiveness of local residential recycling programs.

SWANA and NWRA's Joint Advisory on Designing Contracts for Processing of Manual Recyclables is the culmination of a nearly year-long process that brought together subject matter experts from private industry and local government agencies to collectively address the need for consistent standards in contracting for recycling services. Their challenge was to develop joint standards that can help municipalities and private industry cooperatively address the evolving nature of the residential recycling stream and dramatic price fluctuations in global commodities markets.

Specific protocols in the guidelines directly address best practices for improving the quality and the quantity of materials captured in the recycling processing stream with an eye also to ensuring that recycling programs are economically viable for both local agencies and private industry.

“The potential changes in the quantity and composition of collected wastes combined with variability in prices for recyclable commodities create considerable uncertainties in today’s recycling markets,” said John H. Skinner, SWANA executive director and chief executive officer. “It is very important for contracts for recycling services to anticipate the changes and reflect an appropriate sharing of risks and rewards between contracting municipalities and service providers.”

“With these guidelines, NWRA and SWANA have addressed head-on the challenges and obstacles faced by public agencies and private sector contractors in designing effective residential recycling programs,” commented Sharon H. Kneiss, president and chief executive officer for NWRA. “Adoption of these best practices creates a solid framework to meet the ever-evolving dynamics of the recycling market.”

A copy of the Joint Advisory on Designing Contracts for Processing of Municipal Recyclables can be downloaded at http://swana.org/portals/0/news/SWANA-NWRA-Recycling-Doc.pdf.



About SWANA:

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is an organization of more than 8,300 public and private sector professionals committed to advancing from solid waste management to resource management through their shared emphasis on education, advocacy and research. For more than 50 years, SWANA has been the leading association in the solid waste management field. SWANA serves industry professionals through technical conferences, certifications, publications and a large offering of technical training courses. For more information, visit www.SWANA.org.

About NWRA:

The National Waste & Recycling Association is the trade association that represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association members conduct business in all 50 states and include companies that collect and manage garbage, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors and a variety of other service providers. For more information about NW&RA, visit www.wasterecycling.org.



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