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It is essential to implement recycling and waste management as a resource management system, not as a waste management system. Earlier in the 1970s and 1980s, the recycling programs started to implement as a part of the stable waste collection system. It is expected that the recycling programs will cover their cost similar to waste collection programs elsewhere, through local taxes and user fees.
This will usually result in revenues and program costs which is incorporated into the overall waste collection system and an increase in recycling will result in a decrease in total system costs when disposal cost is high.
At present the approach which is considered the best practice to view commodities for recycling and also to manage them under the resource management system is consistent with a framework like zero waste and sustainable material management.
Stop thinking about waste management – Instead think sustainable material management
A resource management plan is referred to as a part of an integrated material management strategy in which the municipality take better and more effective decisions about the use of materials in an ecological way. The elements of the program become the particular tactics to handle specific materials after they have been consumed by people. Such elements include the following:
- Source Separation (recyclables and organics)
It may also be needed to define the different approaches to contracting for services, and it how program services are funded. The effective resource management plans are incorporated in the following key areas:
- Single Stream Recycling
- Commercial Recycling
- Organic and Food Waste Recovery
- Multi-family Recycling
- Away from Special Event Recycling and Home
- How to Recycle Communications and Waste Awareness
Planning is a process – Not an Event
A plan is considered as the framework which can help us to recognize a starting point from where we are now, the aim and objective for where do we want to be in future, ways to get the objective that how can we go to get there, and the ways to identify the processes and what we measure to know we have moved the needle in the right direction.
It is necessary to evaluate the meeting of objectives for the effective performance of the plan, and the steps needed to take forward as a significant input in the future planning cycle.
The objectives need to ensure sustainable improvements for coverage of services and different standards for managing all resources. Strategic planning provides an unusual opportunity for the delivery of sustainable improvements for effective and better local waste management practices, because it can respond to changes in the waste and recovered material market and research.
Take a collaborative approach
One of the proven methods for resource management planning is a public-private partnership for service delivery. To promote sustainable and self-supporting collaboration between business and local government is the primary objective of the program and it will support the operation and formation of any new enterprise municipal co-operation in recycling systems and solid waste management.
The goal of this program is to improve co-operation between private, public and citizen stakeholder that can minimize the negative effects of waste and improve the standard of living and livelihood of people in poor communities. It also helps in contributing to sustainable development of solid waste management and recycling in cities and rural communities.
Avoid the scenic route of landfill
For several resource management plans and recycling programs, a diversion from landfills becomes an essential driver within states or municipalities in Oklahoma.
It also operates under legislative guidelines to achieve particular diversion goals. When poorly sorted material from local landfills is termed as diverted, it may end up landfilled by manufacturers due to their undesirable quality level, and they generally made a more extended trip to the landfills.
The fate of materials recovered from municipal recycling programs has to be examined to determine the actual and accurate diversion rate. It is essential that the recycling program must ascertain the quality of the materials used in the production of different recyclable products.
To ensure the functions and running of the whole recycling system, the local government of the state of Oklahoma must provide recycling facilities that sustain all parts of the cycle and not only collection.
The government should specify a location, marketing requirements, and processing systems in their request for facilities in the local ordinance for recovery service providers.
During the planning and implementing of the resource management programs, it is necessary for every stakeholder to give his input and feedback and also include manufacturing end market for different recovered resources. The goal of the recycling programs must be to increase the recyclability of all of its materials.