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Resources for Recycling

SWANA supports recycling and material recovery. Being knowledgeable about your local recycling program rules and committing to Recycle Right at home, at work, and on the go are important steps every person can take to improve local programs this year.

Frank Caponi - SWANA International Past President SWANA

US Environmental Protection Agency Resources


The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a long-term commitment to helping Americans reduce, reuse, and recycle waste. EPA has tools to help you learn and understand recycling issues, and help you reduce your environmental footprint.

U.S. National Recycling Goal

EPA 50 by 30

On November 16, 2020 at the America Recycles Summit, Administrator Wheeler announced the National Recycling Goal to increase the U.S. recycling rate to 50 percent by 2030.

Learn More About the Goal and Measures

Comment on Recycling Measurement Methodology (closes March 8, 2021)

Draft National Recycling Strategy

The draft National Recycling Strategy identifies strategic objectives and actions needed to create a stronger, more resilient, and cost-effective U.S. municipal solid waste recycling system.

SWANA comments on National Recycling Strategy

Draft National Recycling Strategy — Executive Summary

Draft National Recycling Strategy — Full Text

National Framework for Advancing the U.S. Recycling System

The National Framework for Advancing the U.S. Recycling System is the product of a multi-stakeholder collaborative effort between federal, local, state and tribal governments; the recycling industry; non-profits; manufacturers; and product brands.

Download the Framework

America Recycles Day

EPA's 2020 America Recycles Events

America Recycles Day® (ARD) is celebrated nationally each year on November 15 to promote and celebrate recycling in the United States.

More info

America Recycles Pledge

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Are you a U.S.-based organization interested in working toward a more resilient materials economy?

Sign the Pledge

Building on Existing Efforts

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The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) reviewed federal efforts to advance the EPA recycling goal of 50% by 2030.

View the GAO Report

SWANA Recycling Resources

Joint Advisory on Designing Contracts for Processing of Municipal Recyclables


This joint advisory provides public and private sector solid waste management professionals with guidance regarding contracting for municipal recyclables.

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Overcoming Recycling Challenges

At SWANApalooza 2020, recycling experts discussed how the solid waste industry is embracing new opportunities for managing recycling. That panel discussion is now available for purchase.


Earth Day Media Kit

Happy Earth Day

Take advantage of SWANA’s Earth Day Media Kit to gain access to a press release template, Earth Day social media graphics, and easy tips to help the planet a better place.