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The Environmental Protection Agency’s sustainable materials management activity continues under the Trump administration, with new reports and areas of interest in the works, according to presentations at this week’s Measurement Matters Summit in Chattanooga, TN. That includes the 2015 Facts & Figures report, due out later this year on a new interactive website.
The agency is also working on Version 15 of its widely used Waste Reduction Model (WARM), due out in 2019. Following updates in Version 14 that connect it with openLCA software and change multiple material categories, future editions are expected to look at other criteria beyond greenhouse gas emissions. Water and land use, eutrophication and human toxicity were some of the possibilities mentioned.
Ron Vance, chief of the Resource Conservation Branch, also outlined scoping priorities for future years. That includes finding ways to measure recycling efficiency, developing a national litter rate, calculating a national contamination rate for material leaving MRFs, and gaining a better understand of infrastructure capacity and material flows.