Joint Advisory on Designing Contracts for Processing of Municipal Recyclables

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This joint advisory is issued by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and the National Waste & Recycling Association (NW&RA) 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. This Advisory presents options and considerations to guide the local agency and the contractor on anticipating and managing scenarios that may arise.


The joint advisory was amended on August 8, 2018, to include a preface about how China’s waste import restrictions have affected the market for recyclable materials.