This joint advisory is being issued by the National Waste & Recycling Association (NW&RA) and the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). The purpose of the advisory is to provide both the public and private sector professionals in solid waste management with guidance, protocols and standards regarding contracting for processing of municipal recyclables. As such, the information in this Advisory is primarily focused on situations where recyclables are collected from the residential sector and delivered to a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) for processing and preparation for sale. There may be other circumstances for processing recyclables where the information in this Advisory is also applicable.
This Advisory presents options and considerations to guide the local agency and the contractor on anticipating and managing scenarios that may arise.
A local agency that intends to execute a contract for managing recyclables should consider their options to ensure a competitive marketplace and options to ensure the highest level of service at fair prices. Likewise, a private sector contractor will have interests to ensure the safety of employees, high quality materials are delivered to the MRF for processing to ensure the highest and best use for the materials and to reduce the quantity of materials that is required to be disposed, in order that the contractor makes a fair profit.
The information provided in this Advisory is for general guidance only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. Public entities should consult with
their legal counsel to obtain legal advice with respect to any particular contract, issue or problem. The application and impact of laws can vary widely based on the specific locality and facts involved.