Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM)--

making the case for Recycling in your Community

Recycling has changed dramatically from the revenue-based systems of the past decade. In the face of market uncertainties, recycling program managers are faced with questions and program considerations from various stakeholders including elected officials, finance departments, city managers, support staff, etc.

Discussions between SERDC, US EPA Region 4, and eight SERDC-member states identified the need to develop integrated solid waste management (ISWM) systems that consider how to prevent, recycle, and manage solid waste in ways that most effectively protect human health and the environment, all while being economically sound.

The US EPA Region 4 worked with RRS to develop two tools to assist local governments in the US Southeast by analyzing their recycling programs. These FREE tools use many assumptions based on national or regionalized data and are meant to provide insight and direction for further community-specific research and planning.

Solid Waste Funding and Accounting Guide

This guide was published to assist local governments with analyzing their solid waste system by utilizing full cost accounting (FCA) to identify, collect, track, and analyze costs associated with solid waste services.

Learn more HERE

Recycling Program Scenario Model

This Excel®-based model uses a single spreadsheet to enter community-specific data. In turn, the spreadsheet calculates estimates for various recycling program scenarios.

Learn more HERE.

History of the ISWM Model


Thursday, Sept 13, 2018, 2 PM ET – Free Webinar
Make the Case for Recycling 101

Learn how to use the Solid Waste Funding and Accounting Guide and hear real-world experiences from Rutherford County, NC. 


Wednesday, Sept 26, 2018, 2 PM ET – Free Webinar
Make the Case for Recycling 201

Learn how to use the Recycling Program Scenario Model and hear real-world experiences from Macon-Bibb County, GA


Monday, Nov 12, 2018, 1 PM -4P M ET – Workshop (add-on to SERDC Summit)

This US EPA Region 4 hosted workshop will dive deeper into the tools - how to use them, interpreting the data, and introducing concepts to your communities.


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